J. Cole dropped his surprise album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, on Dec. 9, 2014. Thirteen months later, he’s delivering a similar surprise — a live set from last year’s tour. The original collection was the best-selling hip-hop album that year and entered Cole into the elite class of rappers who headline, and sell-out, arenas.
The rapper announced the album on his Facebook late Wednesday night writing, “History turned into an album. Forest Hills Drive Live available. What a year. Hip hop deserves a live album.”
The album was recorded in Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The show was a landmark event for the 30-year-old. HBO recently chronicled the road walkup to the show, as well as the show itself that featured guest appearances from Jay Z and Drake. When EW spoke to the director of the film, Scott Lazer, he said, “We really wanted to do was give context to the album — to corroborate Cole’s testimony of his hometown, Fayetteville, North Carolina.”
2014 Forest Hills Drive Live is currently available on iTunes.