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Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Cole is regarded as one of the most influential rappers of his generation. Born on a military base in Germany and 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 musical career, he went on to release two additional mixtapes, The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010) both to critical acclaim, 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 US Billboard 200. His next album, Born Sinner (2013), also topped the Billboard 200. Moving into more conscious themes, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014) topped the Billboard 200 and earned Cole a Best Rap Album nomination at the 2015 Grammy Awards. His jazz influenced fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only (2016), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Cole's fifth album, KOD (2018), became his fifth number-one album on the Billboard 200 and featured a then-record six simultaneous top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying The Beatles. His sixth studio album, The Off-Season, was released on May 14, 2021.

Self-taught on piano, Cole also acts as a producer alongside his rap 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 a non-profit organization called the Dreamville Foundation. Dreamville's compilation album 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 decided to house single mothers rent-free at his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.Cole has won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album, three Soul Train Music Awards, and 8 BET Hip Hop Awards. All five of his albums have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as Revenge of the Dreamers III.

LONDON (feat. J. Cole)

April 8, 2022

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D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape

March 31, 2022

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Scared Money

February 4, 2022

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Johnny P's Caddy

January 28, 2022

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Poke It Out (feat. J. Cole)

September 30, 2021

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Your Heart

September 24, 2021

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The Off-Season

May 14, 2021

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Lewis Street

July 22, 2020

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May 20, 2022

J. Cole Reportedly Signs With Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League

J. Cole will play professional basketball for a second straight year as a member of the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

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May 13, 2022

J. Cole Attends Superfan’s College Graduation After Keeping Year-Long Promise | Billboard News

J. Cole showed up to a die-hard fan’s college graduation after promising to attend her high school graduation years earlier.

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May 12, 2022

J. Cole Attends Fan’s College Graduation 9 Years After They Met

J. Cole showed love for one of his biggest fans by attending her college graduation, after previously attending her high school graduation.

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May 12, 2022

Ranking the 'Big 3' Every Year Since 2010

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole are the “Big 3” rappers of their class. Here’s how they stacked up against each other in every year since 2010.

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May 12, 2022

J. Cole Attends Fan's College Graduation Years After Keeping Promise to Show Up to Her High School Ceremony

The Grammy-winning rapper attended the fan's college graduation on Wednesday, about seven years after he fulfilled his promise to attend her HS graduation.

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April 25, 2022

From All-Star Basketball Trainer to Executive Producer, Chris Brickley Is Maximizing His Connections

After training Drake, J. Cole and more, renowned basketball trainer Chris Brickley is looking to try his hands at being an executive producer.

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April 15, 2022

Bas Releases New EP ‘[Bump] Pick Me Up’ f/ J. Cole and Ari Lennox, Drops “Admire Her” Video f/ Gunna

Nearly a year after his solo offering "The Jackie," Bas returns with his new four-track EP '[Bump] Pick Me Up,' featuring Ari Lennox, Gunna, and more.

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April 14, 2022

Ranking J. Cole's 2022 Rap Verses

J. Cole is on another hot streak when it comes to featured verses. From "London" to Johnny P’s Caddy," we ranked all of his 2022 rap verses.

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April 12, 2022

Bia and J. Cole share video for new UK drill inspired track ‘London’

"It was my favourite song and I only heard it one time" J. Cole said The post Bia and J. Cole share video for new UK drill inspired track ‘London’ appeared first on NME.

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April 8, 2022

Bia and J. Cole Share Video for New Song “London”: Watch

The new single’s visual is a lavish London excursion for Bia and Cole

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April 8, 2022

Bia, J. Cole Cross the Atlantic for Swanky ‘London’ Video

"I definitely got in my London accent bag and people actually tell me it’s really good," Bia tells Rolling Stone

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April 8, 2022

Watch BIA and J. Cole's New "London" Music Video

BIA has released her music video for "London" featuring J. Cole, which was appropriately shot in the capital of England. Cole teased it as "one of them ones."

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April 5, 2022

Dreamville Festival 2022 Was a Family Reunion

The 2022 edition of J. Cole and Dreamville’s festival had a familial feel to it that’s rare at major music events. And it showed just how far the label has come

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April 5, 2022

J. Cole Surveys His Empire on the Low-Stakes Mixtape ‘D-Day’

DJ Drama helms the release, with assists from Earthgang, 2 Chainz, A$AP Ferg and others.

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April 4, 2022

J. Cole Shouts Out 21 Savage While Performing “A Lot”: 'The Only Grammy I Ever Won Was ’Cause of This N***a'

Amid his four losses at the 2022 Grammy Awards, J. Cole took a moment to thank 21 Savage for helping him win his one trophy from the institution, for "A Lot."

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April 4, 2022

Tyler, the Creator to Critics in Impromptu Grammy Victory Speech: ‘I Know You’re Seething and Angry’

After beating out albums by Kanye West, Nas, and J. Cole, Tyler took to IG Live to thank those who stood in his corner during the creation of 'CMIYGL.'

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April 4, 2022

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar Win Best Rap Performance for “Family Ties” at the 2022 Grammys

Keem and Lamar prevail over Cardi B, J. Cole, Drake, and Megan Thee Stallion

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April 3, 2022

Tyler, the Creator Wins Best Rap Album for Call Me If You Get Lost at the 2022 Grammys

He takes home the award ahead of J. Cole, Kanye West, and Tyler, the Creator

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April 3, 2022

Kanye West and Jay-Z Win Best Rap Song for “Jail” at the 2022 Grammys

The Watch the Throne duo takes the gong ahead of DMX, Saweetie, Baby Keem, and J. Cole

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April 3, 2022

Kanye West, the Weeknd, and Lil Baby Win Wins Best Melodic Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammys

The Donda single “Hurricane” beat out tracks by J. Cole, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, and Tyler, the Creator

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April 3, 2022

Here Are the 2022 Grammy Award Winners

The 2022 Grammy Awards features 86 categories and nominations for Kanye West, J. Cole, Tyler, the Creator, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, and many more.

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April 2, 2022

Watch Dreamville Festival 2022 f/ Performances From J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, and More

J. Cole and Dreamville's annual music festival is back, and this year they're offering fans a livestream to catch the two-day weekend event.

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April 1, 2022

Royce da 5'9" Says J. Cole’s Executive Status ‘Separates Him From That 3 Headed Monster Convo’

Hours after J. Cole and Dreamville returned with their Gangsta Grillz mixtape, Royce Da 5'9" took to Twitter to give the North Carolina rapper his flowers.

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March 31, 2022

DJ Drama & Dreamville Drop ‘D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape’

J. Cole's Dreamville teamed up with DJ Drama to unveil D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape.

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March 31, 2022

Dreamville and DJ Drama Link Up for 'Gangsta Grillz' Mixtape 'D-Day' f/ J. Cole, Ari Lennox, J.I.D, EarthGang, More

J. Cole and Dreamville join forces with DJ Drama to receive their own 'Gangsta Grillz' mixtape called 'D-Day' leading up to their second annual Dreamville Fest.

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March 31, 2022

J. Cole’s Dreamville and DJ Drama Releasing New Mixtape This Week

D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape is out March 31

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March 30, 2022

Meet the Woman Behind Some of J. Cole’s Most Memorable Fashion Moments & Dreamville Apparel’s New Look

J. Cole's stylist and Director of Design for Dreamville Raeana Anaïs talked to us about working with Cole, designing Dreamville premium apparel, and more.

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March 22, 2022

Dua Lipa, Metallica, Green Day & More to Headline Lollapalooza 2022

Other top-tier artists hitting the stage in Grant Park include Doja Cat, Machine Gun Kelly, J. Cole, Kygo and Jane's Addiction.

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March 22, 2022

Metallica, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat Tapped to Headline Lollapalooza 2022

Four-day Chicago fest will also feature J. Cole, Green Day, Lil Baby, and more

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March 22, 2022

Lollapalooza 2022 Lineup Announced: Dua Lipa, Metallica, J. Cole, Green Day, and More

Jazmine Sullivan, Charli XCX, Lil Baby, Caroline Polachek, Denzel Curry, and others will also perform at Chicago’s Grant Park from July 28-31

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