J. Cole Performs “Friends” At BET Awards With Cameos By Wale & Daniel Caesar
J. Cole turned the lights down low at the 2018 BET Awards (June 24) to perform one of his most forthright melodies, “Friends.”
J. Cole turned the lights down low at the 2018 BET Awards (June 24) to rap one of his most forthright melodies, “Friends.” The performance - his first live television award appearance since dropping K.O.D. in April 2018 - was accompanied by a silent cameo by Wale, and background vocals by Daniel Caesar. The Fayetteville native’s production may also be a preview of his upcoming tour with Young Thug.
As mentioned above, “Friends” was featured on Cole’s fourth studio album, a project that confronted the many forms of addiction whether that be money, sex, or drugs. In an interview with Vulture, Cole said people have turned a blind eye toward those crying out for help, a topic he originally planned to tackle on K.O.D. “Nobody ever asks nobody sh*t, that’s the fu**ing problem,” he said. “It’s almost like we’re asking everybody — Hey, you good? You good, you sure you good, man? Okay, cool. Everybody’s fu**ing good. Well no, actually everybody isn’t good.”
On “Friends," Cole also mentioned the healing methods of meditation for those that are battling inner or outer demons, a topic he revisited during a lengthy interview with Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez. “I want to become disciplined to where it is a part of my life every day when things are like good or things a little stressful,” he said.
Watch the performance below.