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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Rap Videos That Address Police Brutality

Charles Hamilton and other MCs who put excessive force by police on blast in videos.

J. Cole Finally Received His Diploma At His St. John's Concert Last Night

Dreamville's head honcho is sending the gift home to his mama.

Wale Reveals Battle With Drugs and Depression

Storm of unfortunate events led MMG rapper down dark path.

10 Things We Learned From Action Bronson on The Breakfast Club

Mr. Wonderful picks Kendrick Lamar over J. Cole and more.

J. Cole Plays a Slave in ‘G.O.M.D.’ Music Video

North Carolina rapper leads a rebellion in Lawrence Lamont-directed piece.

Music News: The Warm Up: J. Cole Headlines 2015 SXSW Takeover Show

Plus, Raekwon celebrates the 20th anniversary of Cuban Linx. (3/23/2015)
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