HBO is documenting J.Cole’s homecoming in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina also known as “Fayette-nam.” The critically acclaimed 13-track album gave way to the Forest Hills Drive tour, a three-act trip around the world that ended with a star-stacked homecoming set in North Carolina. Thankfully, HBO’s cameras were rolling just long enough to capture live renditions of all 13 Forest Hills tracks in addition to some behind the scenes footage of the show.
“Growing up, it felt like there wasn’t opportunity here,” Cole says in the 90-minute special’s first trailer, reminiscing on his early days spent trying to build a future in his hometown. Though that urgency toward finding a purpose is ultimately what propelled Cole to his current heights, he’s now quick to admit there’s “no place like home.”
Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, billed as “part concert film, part backstage pass,” hits HBO, HBO NOW, and HBO GO in January.