J.Cole’s inaugural Dreamville Festival took place Saturday (April 6) in his hometown of North Carolina. Ari Lennox, Omen, Bas and the rest of the Dreamville family along with a few other entertainers performed for the sold out 40,000 crowd, and according to Twitter, the energy was right.
However, a graceful yet somber moment took place when Cole, while seated on a bar stool, performed “Love Yourz” in honor of Nipsey Hussle. Photos and videos of the 33-year-old rapper appeared behind him as the crowd sang along word-for-word to the 2014 Forest Hills Drive track.
“Rest in peace Nipsey Hussle,” Cole said in between verses. “You a f**king legend.”
— Beyoncé Of Marketing✨ (@JunaeBrown) April 7, 2019
The Victory Lap artist was shot and killed on March 31 allegedly by Eric Holder. After a two-day manhunt, the 29-year-old was captured in a nearby town and taken into police custody where he was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder A judge set Holder’s bailer at $5 million.
Those who attended the festival took to Twitter to praise Cole for his thoughtful dedication to the Crenshaw artist, entertainer, and entrepreneur
Wow Love Yourz always makes me emotional but I definitely cried this time. That Nipsey tribute was everything is should be
— ♡ Auntie Mira ♡ (@qveenmira_) April 7, 2019