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J. Cole
Birth name Jermaine Cole
Born January 28, 1985
Origin Fayetteville, North Carolina[1]
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, producer
Years active 2007 - present
Labels Roc Nation
Associated acts Jay-Z, No I.D., Wale, Mos Def
Website Official site

Jermaine Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, American rapper and producer. He is best known for being the first artist to be signed to Jay-Z's label Roc Nation.[2]


Life and career

Cole was born in Germany, and then shortly after moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was raised by his mother. Cole attended Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, and graduated in the class of 2003. He later attended St. John's University, graduating magna cum laude.[3]

Cole released his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in late 2007. Jay-Z signed Cole after hearing one of the songs, "Lights Please." He released his second mixtape, The Warm Up, on June 15, 2009. Following the release of The Warm Up, he released the freestyle "Back to the Topic."[4]

Cole appeared on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 3, on the track "A Star Is Born."[5] He is featured on Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit, after being featured on Wale's mixtape. Cole also worked with producer No I.D. for his upcoming debut album. Most recently, he was touring with Jay-Z on the Blueprint 3 tour. He is reported to go on tour with both Jay-Z and Young Jeezy in 2010, the year that his first album is expected to be released.

In late 2009, Cole was chosen as one of Beyond Race Magazine's "50 Emerging Artists," resulting in the cover story of the publication's #11 issue, as well as a Q&A for the magazine's site.[6]

In January 2010, Cole, along with Jay Electronica & Mos Def appeared on Talib Kweli's single, "Just Begun" for the follow-up of Reflection Eternal's album Train Of Thought, called "Revolutions Per Minute". Cole has also appeared on B.o.B's mixtape May 25th (released in February 2010) in the song Gladiators. He will also appear on Young Chris' mixtape The Network 2 on a song titled "Still The Hottest".

Cover Shoots

J. Cole's first cover shot was for BRM (Beyond Race Magazine), this issue was focused on a list of 50 rising emcees who are among a new breed of emcees that are emerging because of what they have to say instead of a gangsta persona. [7]

His second cover comes from XXL Magazine, where they elected only ten rappers who are considered the top ten newcomers this year. Being in this cover and in this list is good for any rapper and their career because XXL Magazine is considered the best hip hop magazine in stands. [8]

His third cover comes from The Source Magazine, by the time this issue comes out it will be the same time where his cover for XXL Magazine will be in stands as well. So, he will be on the cover of two different magazines at the same time. [9]




  • 2007: The Come Up
  • 2009: The Warm Up
  • 2010: Nigga From the Ville


  • Summer 2010: TBA (tentatively "The Blow Up")


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