If you pay attention to what's bubbling underneath the surface of hip-hop, you've probably known about J. Cole since 2007, when he released his first mix tape, "The Come Up."
Even if you pay no attention to hip-hop at all, you've probably known about J. Cole since 2011, when his first album (after three mix tapes) was released. "Cole World: The Sideline Story" was a sensation, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and earning him a Grammy nomination. Cole's next two albums, "Born Sinner" and last year's "2014 Forest Hills Drive," hit No. 1 as well.
In other words, Cole's one of the biggest names in music right now. He'll be in Tampa on Sunday for a concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
The opening act is Big Sean, who's probably enough of a big deal to headline his own show at the amphitheatre. He's Cole's label mate on Jay Z's Roc Nation.
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Big Sean had his first No. 1 album with "Big Sky Paradise," which came out earlier this year. He got a couple of Grammy nominations in 2013 for "Mercy," a collaboration with Kanye West, Pusha T and 2Chainz.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $30-$288.84. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear