J. Cole

By: Jocelyn Sital

Birthday and family

Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born on January 28, 1985 in Frankfurt, Germany, but after a while he moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina with his mom Kay and brother Zach. His dad was a soldier and stayed in germany but didn't come back to his family.
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His early start

Jermaine's cousin introduced him to rap at age 12 , he became more interested in rap when he was 15. His mom bought him a $1,300 ASR-X. While he started his career, he went by the name Therapist and made 3 mixtapes which are called, The come up, The warm up, and Friday night lights.

Education and jobs

Jermaine wanted to focus on his career as being a basketball player or a rapper , apparently his dream came true after all ! Besides that he graduated in 2003 from Terry Sanford High School and later attended St. John's University on a academic scholarship for computer science but later switched. He worked in part-time jobs such as an ad salesman for newspaper , bill collector , file clerk and a kangaroo mascot for a skating rink.

Getting discovered

Rapper Jay-Z signed him to the record label Roc Nation , after Cole was featured in Miguel's song "All i want is you' in 2010. Once he got discovered even more , Jermaine released his first debut album , Cole World: Sideline Story , it was number 1 in the billboard 200. The albums hit song "Work Out" became a top ten on the billboard.
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Albums and Where he is now

Jermaine has 2 more debut albums which are Born Sinner and 2014 Forest Hills Drive. His recent album (2014 forest hills drive) went platinum with no features which made him the first artist in 25 years to do that. At the moment, Jermaine is making more music and is getting ready to drop another fire album soon.