J. Cole took time off his ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ tour to spend time with inmates serving life at San Franciso’s most infamous prison facility, San Quentin.
Cole and his Dreamville cohorts spoke to the inmates without any media presence or publicity of their visit.
“We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again,” wrote Dreamville President Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad. “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.”
Felton Brown, head of Dreamville’s Art Direction and Graphic Design added his own thoughts on the visit writing, “One of the most moving moments since this new journey. Spent a day with some brothers whose 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.”
The multi-class California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation state prison has housed notable figures such as serial killer Charles Manson and Black Guerrilla Family co-founder George Jackson all the way back to wife killer Scott Peterson and Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams III.