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J. Cole (Photo by Merecedes Howze) J. Cole (Photo by Merecedes J. Howze)

The Forest Hills Drive Tour made one of its 28 US stops in Pittsburgh on July 30th at the First Niagara Pavilion. The lineup included YG, Jeremih, Big Sean, and J. Cole—in that order.

With the huge lineup of Pittsburgh summer concerts, I never imagined that this tour would be this explosive. Assuming that this concert opportunity would be overshadowed by Jill Scott, Wiz Khalifa and Nicki Minaj, I was sadly mistaken.

Cole fans came out in masses. Despite one minor fight, I did not see any drunk women being dragged to medical safety and the air was not saturated with marijuana. The Forest Hills Drive Tour seemed to promote calmness and an overall genuine appreciation of good hip-hop.

YG kicked off the show in his night clothes: a plain red t-shirt, high white tube socks and athletic shorts. From the media…

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