J. Cole

Rapper

The first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, J. Cole (born Jermaine Cole) was born to military parents in Germany and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, before attending St. John’s University in New York and graduating Magna Cum Laude. The self-described “LeBron James of rap” released his first mixtape, The Come Up, in 2007. After hearing the song, “Lights Please,” Jay-Z decided to sign him. A second mixtape, The Warm Up, was followed by a guest verse on Jay-Z’s 2009’s The Blueprint 3, aptly titled “A Star Is Born.” After a hit collaboration with Miguel (“All I Want Is You”), and a third mixtape, Friday Night Lights, Cole released his debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story to rave reviews and a number one spot on the Billboard charts. His follow-up LP, Born Sinner, was released in June 2013.

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J. Cole Talks Love, Happiness and Retiring

Roc Nation rapper admits that he wasn’t always grateful, tells Complex Magazine how he broke free from anxiety.

Giving Thanks: What Celebs Are Grateful For

What Solange, Kanye, Kerry and more can reflect upon this Thanksgiving.

Tweets Of The Week: Iggy Azalea Responds to Eminem Rape Lyrics

Plus, Alexandra Shipp on Aaliyah and Jaden Smith talks NYT article.

J. Cole Surprises Fan With Personal Listening Session

Roc Nation rapper drops into Dallas to play 2014 Forest Hills Drive album.

The Warm Up: Tyga Cancels Appearance Because of Kylie Jenner

Keeping you informed of the latest news in music, celeb and pop culture.

J. Cole Gives Fans a Chance to Come to His House

Rapper announces a contest for an exclusive 2014 Forest Hills Drive listening session.
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