Jay Z gave J. Cole his original Roc-a-Fella chain during a New York concert yesterday (January 28).
The gift was presented to Cole during a performance at the Madison Square Garden stop of Cole’s What Dreams May Come Tour. Jay Z was not the only guest to hit the stage with Cole. Kendrick Lamar also made a special appearance.
Jay Z has often rapped about the Roc-a-Fella chain. On “Interlude” for instance, Jay Z said he had “the hottest chick in the game wearing my chain.” Others have also referenced the chain in songs, such as Kanye West. On “School Spirit,” West says: “Roc-a-fella chain, yeah, that’s my rapper style.”
“One thing I appreciate about Jay Z is he let me do it my way and let me figure it out,” Cole said at the time. “He never compromised or interfered with my creative process. There was a never a point when he was like, ‘I need to come in and play big brother and show you how to do this.’ He let me figure it out, and it feels better to win like that. It feels better winning knowing that I figured this thing out on my own and if it wouldn’t have worked, I would have been okay with bumping my head and failing on my own terms, rather than winning on somebody else’s.”
More information regarding J. Cole’s recent Dreamville partnership with Interscope can be read here. A stream of Cole’s Revenge of the Dreamers project, which was released yesterday as well, can be found here.
A video of Jay Z presenting Cole with his original Roc chain can be found below, via Instagram user chineyassassin.