BTS’ j-hope ignited the internet when he shared a photo of himself with his hero J. Cole at the Lollapalooza music festival. J. Cole has long been j-musical hope’s muse, and the South Korean superstar has paid countless tributes to the singer in his songs and albums. On July 31, the BTS rapper arrived in Chicago as South Korea’s first artist to headline a gig at the music festival. The BTS ARMY was overjoyed to see him finally meet J. Cole. The thrilled admirers couldn’t stop tweeting about the amazing event.
J. Cole’s post with BTS’ j-hope: “hope world meets cole world”
BTS, particularly j-hope, have a soft spot in their hearts for German-American rapper J. Cole, who is also a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and professional basketball player. Cole is recognized as one of his generation’s most influential rappers. During their early days in the business, the Bangtan lads listened to Cole and were greatly influenced by his style and work. In reality, BTS’s successful song Born Singer was a reworking of J. Cole’s song Born Sinner from his 2013 album Born Sinner.
ARMYs were thus overjoyed to witness j-hope finally meet and connect with the artist who has long been his inspiration. The BTS rapper shared three photos of himself with J. Cole at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, which took place from Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31. Fans were quick to see the pure joy on their idol’s face. In the third image, Jimin appears beside the two painters.
The images have received over seven million likes on Instagram and have received comments from BTS frontman RM. The Blue Side singer’s music is noted for its quirkiness and innovation, and his first solo album was no exception. His debut performance at Lollapalooza was, to say the least, historic, as it ended up being the top ticket seller in the festival’s history.
For fans, seeing him play on the same day and on the same stage as J. Cole was unreal, reminding them of how far the idol had gone. The BTS rapper paid respect to the icon by calling his mixtape Hope World after J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. J-song hope’s Hip Hop Phile from the album Dark and Wild makes a reference to the artist.
“There was Cole World before I constructed my own world, hope world.”
ARMYs have taken to Twitter to express their feelings on this famous coupling.
J-hope, a member of BTS, just released his solo album, Jack, in the Box. The rapper picked a dark and grunge concept for this endeavor, which contrasts with his generally cheery and positive nature. The member wanted his admirers to see the other part of his identity, which is usually concealed from the rest of the world.
I AM SCREAMING!!!!
— sugakookie⁷ ✌️| Celebrate 🎊 (@yoongissshadow) July 31, 2022
This picture, his smile, this moment, makes me so happy! Literally the minute I saw that #Jhope was performing at #Lollapalooza I looked to see if #JCole was also performing as well. I so wanted Hope World to meet his inspiration Cole World. It’s a good day to be #BTSARMY pic.twitter.com/iBlyw8QECp
— BulletProof⁷_Mama💜🐳💜 (@kpopping_mama) July 31, 2022
Fans and reviewers alike have expressed their appreciation and excitement for the album. MORE, the title track from his album debuted at number 82 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs list. The song also reached number nine on Spotify’s Global Top Songs list, making it the highest charting debut by a Korean artist in history.