J. Cole has been photoed wearing an orange prison jumpsuit during his “4 Your Eyez Only Tour.” Cole hoped to address the issue of mass incarceration in the U.S.
Cole took his platform a step further by visiting with actual inmates at San Quentin State Prison alongside Dreamville President Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad.
“We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again,” Hamad wrote in the caption of his IG post. “That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn’t be doing it justice,” wrote Hamad in the caption.
Felton Brown, head of Dreamville’s Art Direction and Graphic Design, was also in attendance, was also present at San Quentin Prison.
“One of the most moving moments since this new journey,” Brown wrote in his caption on IG. “Spent a day with some brothers who stories go unheard behind the wall. Learned a lot, so much work to be done. This system will try to not give you a voice but we’re listening.”
J. Cole feels for some inmates serving time because his neighbors falsely accused him of selling drugs. This incident inspired the record “Neighbors.” The visual for the record included surveillance of the raid police conducted on his home.