J. Cole (US rapper & producer)

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Legal name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole

Also performs as: kiLL edward (alter-ego of J. Cole)


Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole initially gained attention as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007. Intent on further pursuing a musical career, he signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation in 2009 to release two additional mixtapes: The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010) to further critical acclaim as he garnered a wider following.

Each of Cole's studio albums have peaked the US Billboard 200 upon release, beginning with his debut Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011) and its follow up, Born Sinner (2013). The albums received critical acclaim and spawned hit singles including "Work Out", "Power Trip" (featuring Miguel), and "Crooked Smile" (featuring TLC)—each charted within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Despite commercial success, Cole departed from the pop-oriented sound of the albums in favor of conscious subject matter for his subsequent projects; themes of nostalgia, racial inequality, and materialism were explored respectively in his following releases: 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014), 4 Your Eyez Only (2016) and KOD (2018). The latter featured a then-record six simultaneous top twenty hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Cole's success with that of English rock band the Beatles. His sixth album, The Off-Season (2021) was met with continued success and spawned the single "My Life" (with 21 Savage and Morray), which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its chart success was matched by his guest appearance on the 2023 single "All My Life" by Lil Durk, and succeeded by his first song to peak the chart, "First Person Shooter" by Drake that same year. The former also won Cole a Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance.

Self-taught on piano, Cole also acts as a producer alongside his recording career—having largely handled the production of his own projects—with credits on material for other artists including Kendrick Lamar, Janet Jackson, Young Thug, Wale, and Mac Miller, among others. Cole has been prolific in side ventures including his own record label Dreamville Records, as well as its namesake media company and non-profit. The label, having signed artists including JID, Ari Lennox, and EarthGang, has released four compilation albums; their third project, Revenge of the Dreamers III (2019) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards. In January 2015, Cole began housing single mothers rent-free at his childhood home in Fayetteville.

Cole has won two Grammy Awards from seventeen nominations, a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album, three Soul Train Music Awards, and eight BET Hip Hop Awards. Each of his albums—including Revenge of the Dreamers III—have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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2010Mixtape for the Ville Pt 2J. Cole1
Me Myself and the WorldJ. Cole1


2011Cole World: The Sideline StoryJ. Cole3.56
2013Born SinnerJ. Cole4.354
20142014 Forest Hills DriveJ. Cole3.95
20164 Your Eyez OnlyJ. Cole45
2018KODJ. Cole2.7510
2021The Off‐SeasonJ. Cole43
2022D‐Day: A Gangsta Grillz MixtapeDreamville & J. Cole31

Album + Compilation

2007The Come Up Mixtape Vol. 1J. Cole1
2007The Come UpJ. Cole32
2015Revenge of the Dreamers IIDreamville & J. Cole34
2017Truly Yours, J. ColeJ. Cole1
2019Revenge of the Dreamers IIIDreamville & J. Cole48

Album + Live

2016Forest Hills Drive: Live from Fayetteville, NCJ. Cole51

Album + Mixtape/Street

2001Return of SimbaJ. Cole1
2009The Warm UpJ. Cole52
2009The Warm Up (Deluxe Edition)J. Cole1
2010Friday Night LightsJ. Cole42


2010Who DatJ. Cole51
2010Looking for TroubleKanye West feat. Pusha T, CyHi da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole41
2011Feel LoveSean Garrett feat. J. Cole1
2011Return of SimbaJ. Cole1
2011Work OutJ. Cole41
2011Bad Girls ClubWale feat. J. Cole1
2011TroubleBei Maejor feat. J. Cole1
2012Miss AmericaJ. Cole41
2013Power TripJ. Cole feat. Miguel51
2014Be FreeJ. Cole1
2016everybody diesJ. Cole41
2016False ProphetsJ. Cole42
2017High for HoursJ. Cole41
2017Come Through and ChillMiguel feat. J. Cole & Salaam Remi1
2018Boblo BoatRoyce da 5′9″ feat. J. Cole1
2018Album of the Year (Freestyle)J. Cole41
2018Off DeezJ.I.D & J. Cole1
2019Purple EmojiTy Dolla $ign feat. J. Cole2
2019The LondonYoung Thug, J. Cole & Travis Scott1
2019Down BadDreamville feat. JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy4.52
2020Snow On Tha BluffJ. Cole41
2020Lewis StreetJ. Cole41
2021The JackieBas with J. Cole and Lil Tjay2
2021Your HeartJoyner Lucas feat. J. Cole31
2022Johnny P's CaddyBenny the Butcher & J. Cole41
2022Scared MoneyYG feat. Moneybagg Yo & J. Cole1
2022LONDONBIA ft. J. Cole22
2023procrastination (broke)J. Cole1
2023on the streetj‐hope with J. Cole52
2023All My LifeLil Durk feat. J. Cole2
2023There I GoGucci Mane feat. J. Cole & Mike WiLL Made‐It2
Lights, PleaseJ. Cole51

Single + Remix

2011PartyBeyoncé feat. J. Cole41
2014Can't Get Enough (Knowa Lusion's House Party Remix)J. Cole ft. Trey Songz1
2014Animals (remix)Maroon 5 feat. J. Cole1

EP + Mixtape/Street

2013Truly YoursJ. Cole31
2013Truly Yours 2J. Cole41


2012Grew Up FastJ. Cole1
2012I'm a FoolJ. Cole1
2012Get Free ColeWorldJ. Cole1
2013Let Nas Down (remix)J. Cole1

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