The Dreamer returns.
As the first artist signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation, J. Cole emerged onto the worldwide rap scene amid crushing hype.
But the Fayetteville, North Carolina-bred rapper and Dreamville Records founder never broke. He just slowly and steadily turned out album after album of thoughtful, ambitious hip-hop -- from his 2009 debut, The Warm Up, to last year's certified-gold, chart-topper Born Sinner.
Over the summer, Cole sold out downtown Miami's Grand Central (even turning away over 2000 people) for his Dollar & Dream Tour. And now he's coming back to end the year with an NYE 2015 show at the Delano Beach Club on South Beach.
See also: Miami's New Year's Eve 2015 Party Guide
In just days, Cole will drop his latest record, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an introspective, personal effort that takes its name from his childhood home in Fayetteville -- which, reportedly, he just repurchased for about $121,000.
"I got to this point in my career, and I realized, Yeah, I got a lot more dreams and I want to go further," he says in the official album trailer.
"But at the same time, I don't want it if it's at the expense of my happiness. I don't want it if it's at the expense of my sanity or if I have to become someone who's so out of touch of what's real."
Of course, the perfect place to go lose sight of normal is South Beach. Especially on New Year's Eve, when VIP tables routinely run $100,000.
Thankfully, though, Cole and the Delano are keeping prices a little less insane. General-admission tickets for the rapper's poolside party and performance cost $250, while afterparty passes are selling for $100.
Sure, a "prime cabana" still goes for $6,350.00 plus fees.
But as J. Cole might say: A dollar and a dream....
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J. Cole. As part of Delano Beach Club's NYE 2015. Wednesday, December 31. Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $250 plus fees via nightout.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-672-2000 or visit delano-hotel.com.
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J. Cole Afterparty. As part of Delano Beach Club's NYE 2015. Wednesday, December 31. FDR at the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $100 plus fees via nightout.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-672-2000 or visit delano-hotel.com.