J. Cole (US rapper & producer)

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Legal name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole


Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), 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. The Dreamville Foundation is not the only non-profit gesture Cole has put forth; in January 2015, he decided to house single mothers rent-free in his childhood home at 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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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
2016 4 Your Eyez Only J. Cole 1
2016 4 Your Eyez Only J. Cole 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 The Come Up J. Cole 2

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 2
2010 Friday Night Lights J. Cole 2


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
2016 everybody dies J. Cole 1
2016 False Prophets J. Cole 2
2017 High for Hours J. Cole 1
Lights, Please J. Cole 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Can't Get Enough (Knowa Lusion's House Party Remix) J. Cole ft. Trey Songz 1
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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