J. Cole Sells Out Madison Square Garden

He may call Fayetteville, North Carolina home, but rapper J. Cole has a deep history within the Big Apple.

The 30-year-old attended St. John’s University in Queens, where he attended classes by day and honed his skills as an MC in Manhattan nightclubs by night. With mounting success following him on campus and in the studio, Cole struck the attention of Jay-Z and received a record deal through Roc Nation in 2010.

It took J Cole three studio albums for him to gain national attention, but his rise to the apex of rap’s hierarchy is justified– Cole will play to a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, a feat many of music’s biggest artist often fail to attain.

The road hasn’t been easy for the “Crooked Smile” singer, but his talent and image as the everyday man have catapulted him into the mainstream.

His MSG show will be the latest inclusion on a budding resume, and fans still searching for tickets can expect to pay up if perusing the secondary market for tickets.

According to TiqIQ the average secondary price for J. Cole tickets at MSG is currently $252.45. If hoping to just get in, the cheapest ticket is listed for $132.

Back at St. John’s, Cole was known simply as Jermaine, the quiet kid who was slow to mention his aspirations to rap. However, his aptitude and affinity for the genre would not be kept in the closet for long, and he began to gain momentum on campus.

A performance at Carnesecca Arena during his senior year brought local exposure to his craft and his first two mixtapes, 2007’s The Come Up and 2009’s The Warm Up received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Six years later, he sets to take the biggest stage in New York, a far cry from the open mic night at Carnesseca so many moons ago.

The Midtown gig isn’t the only show garnering massive ticket demand on Cole’s current 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour, which continues in North America through the end of October. In fact, five other shows own a higher ticket average on the secondary market than his MSG show Tuesday. The most expensive J.

Cole tickets on TiqIQ come on August 16 at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, where the average price is $443.62. Additional top-priced shows include a September 17 show at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre ($443.42 avg.), October 23 at MidFlorida Credit Union ($298.87 avg.), September 5 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre ($296.03 avg.) and October 12 at Medicine Hat Arena ($268.95 avg.).

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – JANUARY 30: Recording artist J. Cole performs during ESPN the Party at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for ESPN)
Selling out The World’s Most Famous Arena is a testament to Cole’s intensifying popularity, which has reached new heights after the release of his latest studio effort 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

That popularity will only continue to increase as the rapper travels along his tour route through the fall and subsequently returns to the studio for the highly anticipated follow-up to Forest Hills.

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Source: Additional reporting By Forbes.com

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