Jay-Z_J. Cole Chaining ROC

It took five years, two albums, and a wasted feature appearance on his debut album, but it looks like J. Cole has finally earned Jay-Z’s respect.

Yesterday was a busy day for the North Carolina emcee. He spent the first hour and a half of it performing in Queens for VH1’s “Super Bowl Blitz” series. Then he made the formal announcement of his own brand, Dreamville Records, which had signed with major label Interscope, and dropped a mixtape in celebration. And finally, Cole closed out the day by performing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for his What Dreams May Come Tour. Oh, not to mention that it was also Jermaine’s 29th birthday?

Fans in the crowd at Cole’s concert stop at MSG got a bonus in the form of two special guests: first, Kendrick Lamar (which once again reminded us that the Cole/K. Dot rumored collabo album STILL ain’t got so much as a first single out smh); and secondly, Hov himself. Before he came out, Cole put on a chain – Jay-Z’s own Roc-A-Fella Records chain, which S. Carter gave him as a birthday present. Jay-Z then appeared on stage, decked out in a black mink coat, revving up the crowd with a performance of “PSA,” giving Cole props, and closing his appearance out with a rendition of “F*ckWithMeUKnowIGotIt.”

It wasn’t exactly the “Chaining Day” that Cole depicts on his Born Sinner album. But your idol giving you his original chain for your birfday, in his hometown, AND officially dapping you up and your hustle FINALLY in front of a live audience? Definitely gotta be in the top two of Jermaine’s best birthdays ever. So let’s all conveniently forget that that lazy-ass S. Carter verse on “Mr. Nice Watch” ever happened, yes? Yes.

[via 2DBZ]