J. Cole
J. Cole

Birth name

Jermaine Lamarr Cole


28 January 1985 (age 32)
Frankfurt, West Germany


Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer

Years active



Dreamville (2007-present)
Roc Nation (2009-present)
Columbia (2009-2014)
Interscope (2014-present)

Associated acts

Bas, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Omen, Wale

Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born 28 January 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American rapper, singer and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first gained recognition in 2007, following the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up. Shortly after its release, Cole was contacted by Jay-Z and subsequently signed to his record label Roc Nation in 2009. That same year, Cole released his second mixtape, The Warm Up, which was followed by his third mixtape, Friday Night Lights, in 2010.

Cole's debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, was released in 2011, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling more than 218,000 copies in its first week. He received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 54th Grammy Awards. Cole's second album, Born Sinner, was released in 2013, and peaked at number one on the chart. His third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was released in 2014 and also debuted at the number one position on the charts, giving Cole his third number one album.


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