Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American rapper, mixtape producer and music producer. He was brought into the limelight by Jay Z himself and thanks to his sheer skills and understanding of music, he made a great name for himself in the American rap industry. His debut mixtape ‘The come Up’ released back in 2007 when Cole instantly grabbed the attention of Jay Z, who then acted as his mentor and signed him on immediately to his record label ‘Roc Nation’ and under his guidance, Cole released two more mixtapes by 2009. Cole’s debut studio album ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story’ got released in 2011 and the young rapper hit the bull’s eye with it. The album debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum by RIAA. His next two studio albums followed the suit and achieved the platinum status and were heavily praised by the critics and the fellow musicians alike. He has been nominated for a Grammy for the Best Rap Album. he is known as one of the very few artists to never missed the platinum standard of Recording Industry Association of America. He has founded Dreamville Foundation for social works and Dreamville Records does the job of promoting fresh talent hailing from humble beginnings.
J. Cole, the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, was among the most commercially successful rap artists of the early 2010s. Born in Germany but raised in North Carolina, Jermaine Cole grew up with a mother who loved rock and folk, and a father who was a fan of hardcore rap artists like 2Pac and Ice Cube. Cole’s high school grades earned him an academic scholarship to attend St. John’s University in New York City, where Cole knew he could make progress as a musician. After numerous days standing outside Jay-Z’s office in hopes of giving him a demo, Cole finally ran into his idol, but the reception was well below chilly. He was shocked when, weeks later, he received a call from the man, and even more shocked when he got a chance to contribute to his 2009 effort The Blueprint 3. Later that year, Cole released the mixtape The Warm Up, while 2010 saw the appearance of the Friday Night Lights mixtape, with Cole handling most of the production.
In 2011, Roc Nation released his official debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200. Featuring the single “Power Trip,” Born Sinner followed in 2013 with guest appearances from Miguel, TLC, and Kendrick Lamar. Titled after the address of his childhood home, 2014 Forest Hills Drive continued Cole’s streak of number one albums in 2014. Rather strikingly, the album did not feature any guest artists. By the time Cole released his grim fourth album, the chart-topping 4 Your Eyez Only, in 2016, he had platinum certifications for all three of his prior full-lengths, ten charting Hot 100 singles as a top-billed artist, and three as a guest. In early 2018, Cole issued KOD, a dark and reflective cautionary concept that tackled subjects like addiction and personal demons. Topping the charts upon release, KOD included two “features” from Cole in pitched-down form as a hollowed-out addict named kiLL edward.