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“We enjoyed that a great deal” -David Letterman

J. Cole‘s new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, is currently in stores and on pace to be not only the best first-week sales mark of Cole’s career, but the best Hip-Hop first-week sales mark in 2014. Early projections had 2014FHD moving about 250,000 units by Tuesday, but yesterday’s updated predictions indicate that 2014 might move close to 350,000 copies, if not more. No radio, no singles, one music video. Very, very impressive.



To celebrate (and promote) the release of his album, J. Cole took to the stage on the Late Show with David Letterman last night to perform “Be Free,” the song he released earlier this summer in light of the events happening in Ferguson. The original song didn’t feature any rapping, but last night’s version included a new verse from Cole, in which he paid a quick homage to Jay Z, offered his opinion on Barack Obama‘s tenure as president and…

You ought to be ashamed
When brothers back home be dreading when the seasons change
Cause they ain’t got no heat
And they ain’t got no A/C
Walmart Distribution fired my homie he just had a baby

Whew. It’s a lot to take in, and you can do so above. Also of note, David Letterman appeared to be visibly moved by the performance.