J Cole

by Connor Freedman

Biography

J Cole (Jermaine Lamarr Cole) was born on January 28, 1985. J cole is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first recieved recognition in 2007, following the release of The Come Up. Shortly after that release, Cole was contacted by Jay-Z and signed to his record label. Cole was born in Frankfurt, Germnay. His father is African-American and served in the U.S. Army and his mother is white. Cole relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was raised by his mother. His father left the family when Cole was still young. He has an older brother named Zach Cole.
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Training/Education

Cole grew up in a multi-ethnic environment. His childhood included a love for both basketball and rap music. He attended Terry Sanford High School and studied guitar under the well-known artist Mark Ebert. Cole graduated from high school in 2003. He decided that he had a better chance of getting a record deal in New York City, so he chose to attend St. John's University on an academic scholarship. There, he majored in communication and minored in business, graduating magna cum laude. On April 9, 2015, J. Cole officially received his diploma from his alma mater, St. John’s University, during a homecoming appearance/concert. He later revealed that he never got it, because he owed money for a library book he never paid for.

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Influences and Career Beginnings

J Cole started rapping at the young age of 12. His cousin gave him guidance how how to rhyme and word play. He was inspired Canibus, Nas, Tupac, and Eminem. Cole liked telling stories in his lyrics. When he was 14, he had many lyrics but no beats of his own to record them with. So, his mom purchased him an 808 beat machine so he could produce his own music. By age 17, he started posting songs under the name of "Therapist." Cole appeared on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 3. This is when Cole first started getting recognition.

Major Roles Held In Their Craft

Albums:

- 2014 Forrest Hills Drive (2014)

- The Blow Up (2014)

- Born Sinner (2013)

- Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)

- Friday Night Lights (2010)

- The Warm Up (2009)

- The Come Up (2007)

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Awards/Quote

Awards:

- Best Mixtape (Friday Night Lights 2011)

- Impact Track (Crooked Smiles (2014)

- Best Live Performer (2015)

- Album of The Year (2014 Forrest Hills Drive)

He also has many nominations for awards


Quote:

"I feel like this: Whatever is in your path and in your heart, you need to do"

Interesting Facts

- Communications major

- Singed to Jay-Zs record label

- White mother, Black father

- Father is in the Army

- He was born in Germany

J. Cole - Crooked Smile (Live on Letterman)