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J. Cole          

Hip-Hop Recording Artist and Record Producer; "Power Trip" and "Work Out"

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007. Intent on further pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he went on to release two additional mixtapes after signing to Jay Z's Roc Nation imprint in 2009.

Cole released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next two releases, 2013's Born Sinner and 2014's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, received mostly positive reviews from critics, while being both certified platinum in the US. The latter earned him his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. In December 2016 Cole released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum in April 2017.

Self-taught on piano, Cole also acts as a producer alongside his hip hop career, producing singles for artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Janet Jackson, as well as handling the majority of the production in his own projects. He has also developed other ventures, including Dreamville Records, as well as non-profit organization the Dreamville Foundation. In January 2015, Cole decided to house single mothers rent-free in his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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J.Cole Returns To Queens Crib For MTV 'Life & Rhymes' Special ...

J Cole breaks down lyrics to "Crooked Smile" at his old Queens, New York apartment.

J. Cole Talks Sales Victory Over Kanye West | Music Matters | News ...
  1. Cole isn't power tripping over his sales triumph against Kanye West, he's focused on the next big win. In an interview with Noisey promoting his involvment in ...
J. Cole's 'Fruitvale Station' Tears Rolled Into 'Crooked Smile' Video ...

When J. Cole bawled during "Fruitvale Station," that's when he knew he should make a video for drug violence, which eventually turned into the "Crooked Smile"  ...

TLC Rally Behind J. Cole: 'He Deserves To Be #1' | MTV Video ...

TLC tell MTV News how they ended up working with J Cole on "Crooked Smile" and why the MC deserves to be #1.

J. Cole: I want Bruce Springsteen's career - CBS News

The 28-year-old hip-hop star tells CBSNews.com about his latest album, his acting aspirations and plans for longevity.

The Oral History of J. Cole's Basketball Career | Bleacher Report

"You looking at LeBron James of the game," J. Cole rapped on his breakout mixtape, " The Warm Up," in 2009, just as he was catching the attention of future ...

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