J. Cole Brings Out Special Guest Bas at 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival

By Sierra Marquina

September 18, 2021

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show
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First things first, J.Cole delivers. The “No Role Modelz” rapper hit the stage during night one of the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, September 17. The Dreamville rapper offered fans and the live audience in Sin City a medley of hits including “Middle Child,” “The London,” “Power Trip,” “Wet Dreamz,” “No Role Modelz” and brought out special guest Bas for their collaboration “The Jackie.”

While onstage, J.Cole, who recently dropped his sixth studio album The Off-Season, shouted out the “diverse group of artists” performing during the annual iHeartRadio event.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” J.Cole admitted. “… I was scared as f--k … I’m not going to lie. … [This is my] first time on a stage in … two years.”

J.Cole was among the epic lineup of performers Friday including Dua Lipa, Cheap Trick, Walker Hayes, FINNEAS, Darius Rucker, Weezer & Nelly with special guests Florida Georgia Line.

Earlier this year the North Carolina native, whose real name is Jermaine Cole, made headlines for achieving his longtime goal of playing ball professionally. In May, J. Cole made his professional basketball debut when he appeared in the Basketball Africa League for the Patriots Basketball Club in Rwanda. The rapper turned hooper's basketball debut came just two days after he released The Off-Season.

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show
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The Off-Season features hit collabs with the likes of Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Morray, and Cam’ron and J.Cole is set to tour the album next.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s performances as well. Olivia Rodrigo, The Kid LAROI, Saweetie, All Time Low, 24kGoldn, Russell Dickerson, Yungblud, Gabby Barrett, Tate McRae, Conan Gray and more will all be performing on the Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival presented by Samsung on Saturday, September 18. Fans can tune in and watch the Daytime Stage on Saturday, September 18th via an exclusive livestream on LivexLive.com and/or the LiveXLive app.

2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1 – Show
Photo: Credit: Getty Images

Later Saturday evening, night two at the T-Mobile Arena will feature performances from Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Journey, Khalid, and Sam Hunt.

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If you missed any of the action this weekend, you can relive the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival by tuning in to The CW Network on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd from 8-10pm ET/PT for a two-night television special.

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