J. Cole (US rapper & producer)

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Legal name: Jermaine Cole


Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), known professionally as J. Cole, is an American rapper, songwriter 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 would go on to release two additional mixtapes after signing to Jay Z's Roc Nation imprint in 2009.

Cole would release his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011 to critical success. Cole World: The Sideline Story would debut 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. 2014 Forest Hills Drive was also the first rap album in over 25 years to gain platinum certification without any guest appearances or features.

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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Cole World: The Sideline Story J. Cole 3 5
2013 Born Sinner J. Cole 4 4
2014 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 The Come Up J. Cole 2
2010 Friday Night Lights J. Cole 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Forest Hills Drive: Live from Fayetteville, NC J. Cole 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The Warm Up J. Cole 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Who Dat J. Cole 1
2010 Looking for Trouble Kanye West feat. Pusha T, CyHi da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole 1
2011 Feel Love Sean Garrett feat. J. Cole 1
2011 Work Out J. Cole 1
2011 Bad Girls Club Wale feat. J. Cole 1
2011 Trouble Bei Maejor feat. J. Cole 1
2012 Miss America J. Cole 1
2013 Power Trip J. Cole feat. Miguel 1
Lights, Please J. Cole 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Animals (remix) Maroon 5 feat. J. Cole 1

EP + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Truly Yours J. Cole 1
2013 Truly Yours 2 J. Cole 1

Other + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Return of Simba J. Cole 1

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