NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- J. Cole may have just sold out Madison Square Garden last week, but he isn't forgetting his roots -- but perhaps they've forgotten him.
The 30-year-old rapper calls Fayetteville, N.C. home, having spent his childhood and adolescence there before relocating to New York to attend college at St. John's in Queens. As his "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Tour continues in North America through August, Cole has two more hometown shows mapped out in Charlotte and Fayetteville this month. Those hoping to attend the two upcoming shows are in luck: Both gigs are generating ticket prices well below Cole's tour average on the secondary market, indicating soft interest for seeing him at home, compared to his other tour stops.
The "No Role Modelz" singer will play PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte this Wednesday. According to TiqIQ, the average secondary price for J. Cole tickets in Charlotte is $112.77, 45.8% below the tour average of $208.10 across the 11 shows remaining through the end of the month. The cheapest available ticket to the Charlotte performance is $60. The show is the fourth cheapest left on Cole's North American run, with an August 11 gig at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati the cheapest at a $94.97 average and $68 get-in price.
Cole's second hometown show comes on August 29 at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. Tickets currently own a secondary average of $160.88, 22.6% below the tour average, and the get-in price starts at $69. The gig serves as the final show of tour but hasn't produced the ticket prices Cole has been accustomed to seeing on his "Forest Hills Drive" run. Over the entire 32-show tour, which began in mid-July. Tickets have owned an average secondary price of $253.18.
His most expensive remaining show comes on comes on August 21 at the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion in Texas. That show has a secondary-market average price of $384.01 and a $58 get-in price. Additional top-priced stops include August 23 at Gexa Energy Pavilion ($283.37 avg./$33 get-in), August 15 at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood ($226.62 avg./$56 get-in) and August 25 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre ($185.64 avg./$115 get-in).
During his time at St. John's, Cole was simply known as Jermaine, the introverted kid who rarely mentioned his affinity for rapping. He would not hide his skill for long, however, and his talent would propel him onto the stage at Carnesecca Arena during his senior year. Following the performance he would release two mixtapes, 2007's The Come Up and 2009's The Warm Up, and found mounting success with each subsequent effort. Six years, three full-length albums and a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden later, the humble rapper will trace his roots back to North Carolina for two homecoming shows through the end of the month, and fans will find below-average ticket prices for both gigs on the resale market.