Leading up to the 2018 BET Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, there were whispers that J. Cole would show up for a surprise performance, even though his appearance hadn't been officially announced.

Within the first hour of the show, Cole confirmed those rumors as he popped up on stage for a medley of "Intro" and "Friends" from his new album KOD—and he brought Daniel Caesar and Wale along with him.

Wearing a shirt that said "You have the right not to remain silent," Cole delivered the track's politically-charged lyrics as dozens of back-up dancers joined him onstage. The striking performance ended as large bold letters spelling out the word "MEDITATE" illuminated the stage.

The notoriously reclusive artist has been in a collaborative mood lately. Late last week, he appeared in the music video for Jay Rock's new single "OSOM." You can watch that below.

Returning to social media ahead of the release of KOD, Cole has been quiet as of late—outside of a tweet on the day XXXTentacion was shot and killed. Hours after the 20-year-old rapper's death, Cole wrote, "This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans."