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J. Cole

About

Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), known professionally as J. Cole, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He 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 twenty hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying with the Beatles. His sixth studio album, The Off-Season, which earned him his sixth number-one album, 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.

Articles

November 2, 2022

J. Cole Announces Spring 2023 Dreamville Festival Dates

Next year's event will take place in Raleigh, N.C.

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November 2, 2022

J. Cole's Dreamville Announces Dates for 2023 Festival

J. Cole and Dreamville Records’ annual Dreamville Festival will return next year. The festival will take place in the spring at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

www.complex.com

October 28, 2022

Stream Smino's 'Luv 4 Rent' Album f/ J. Cole, Lil Uzi Vert, and More

The project marks Smino's first LP since 2018's 'NØIR.' The St. Louis native will support the album with with a North American tour that kicks off next year.

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October 12, 2022

What Is The Best Blog Era Mixtape? | Complex Brackets

Head of Urban Music at Spotify, Carl Chery, joins B. Dot to debate the best blog era mixtape of all time—Drake's "So Far Gone", J. Cole's "Friday Night Lights,

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October 7, 2022

No I.D. Says J. Cole Passed on Beats That Later Went to Nas, Big Sean, and Rick Ross

In an appearance on 'The RapCaviar Podcast,' legendary producer No I.D. revealed J. Cole passed on beats that later went to Nas, Big Sean, and Rick Ross.

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September 30, 2022

The Best New Music This Week: Roddy Ricch, Smino, Freddie Gibbs, and More

Complex's best new music this week includes songs from Roddy Ricch, Smino, J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, YG, Nas, DVSN, Jagged Edge, Quavo, Takeoff, and more.

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September 30, 2022

YG Unleashes New Album 'I Got Issues' f/ J. Cole, Nas, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, and More

YG has delivered his star-studded studio album 'I Got Issues,' which he says is his best since debuting with 'My Krazy Life' almost nine years ago.

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September 30, 2022

Smino Taps J. Cole for New Song "90 Proof"

As anticipation builds for the release of 'Luv 4 Rent,' the follow-up to 2018's 'NØIR,' Smino has released the new track "90 Proof" featuring J. Cole.

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September 1, 2022

J. Cole Unveiled As NBA 2K23 Cover Star for Special ‘DREAMER’ Edition

J. Cole will grace the cover of the special edition of NBA 2K23. The Grammy-award-winning rapper will be the face of the video game's DREAMER Edition.

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September 1, 2022

J. Cole Revealed as the Cover Star for NBA 2K23 Dreamer Edition

He will also be featured in the game’s MyCareer mode

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August 31, 2022

J. Cole Shares Touching Message From Ari Lennox Explaining What Her Upcoming Album Means to Her

J. Cole shared a touching message Ari Lennox sent him explaining what her upcoming album means to her and how she reached this point of healing.

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August 19, 2022

J.I.D Releases "2007" Featuring Appearances From His Dad, J. Cole, and Dreamville President Ibrahim Hamad

The Atlanta rapper dropped the track a week before 'The Forever Story,' the long-awaited follow-up to his 2018 sophomore album 'DiCaprio 2,' is due.

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August 12, 2022

50 Cent Explains Why He Didn’t Sign J. Cole

50 Cent detailed why he decided against signing eventual hip-hop standard-bearer J. Cole around the arrival of his debut mixtape 'The Come Up' in 2007.

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August 8, 2022

Tony Yayo Says He Brought J. Cole to 50 Cent Before He Was Signed by Jay-Z

Tony Yayo once again mentions how he became aware of J. Cole's potential and wanted 50 Cent to sign him, well before Jay-Z inked the Fayetteville native.

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July 31, 2022

Lollapalooza 2022 Day Three: J. Cole Thanks Day Ones, Willow Ends Early, TXT Test Waters

Chicago-bred Lil Durk, rising New Jersey pop singer Fletcher, Turnstile, Idles and more perform at Grant Park

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July 22, 2022

Joey Badass Says He, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole Are the 'Best MCs'

The Pro Era rapper made the bold claim in the Diddy-assisted "The Baddest," the opening track from Joey's newly released studio album, '2000.'

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July 21, 2022

J. Cole and J.I.D Release "Stick" Video f/ Sheck Wes and Kenny Mason

J.I.D and J. Cole have given their standout 'D-Day' track "Stick" the visual treatment with a new offering directed by Waboosh & Onda. Watch it here.

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July 2, 2022

Day N Vegas 2022 Canceled

Travis Scott, SZA, and J. Cole were set to headline the Las Vegas festival in September

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July 1, 2022

Day N Vegas 2022 Canceled Due to ‘Logistics, Timing and Production Issues’

Travis Scott, SZA and J. Cole were originally slated to headline the festival during Labor Day weekend at Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

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June 22, 2022

WizKid, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Nines added to Wireless 2022 line-up

They join headliners A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Tyler, The Creator, Cardi B and more The post WizKid, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Nines added to Wireless 2022 line-up appeared first on NME.

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June 21, 2022

J. Cole says Drake’s new album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ is “phenomenal”

Drake's seventh album was released just hours after he announced it last week The post J. Cole says Drake’s new album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ is “phenomenal” appeared first on NME.

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June 18, 2022

J. Cole Praises Drake’s New Album 'Honestly, Nevermind'

J. Cole took to his Instagram Stories following the release of Drake's new record 'Honestly, Nevermind' to sing the Toronto rapper's praises.

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June 16, 2022

Bonnaroo 2022 Hulu Livestream Schedule & Details Announced

Performers at the Tennessee festival include Stevie Nicks, J. Cole, Tool, the Weather Station, Japanese Breakfast, and Indigo De Souza

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June 16, 2022

Exclusive: Here's J. Cole Interview With Jazzy’s World TV

Jazzy's World TV notches another rare interview, this time with J. Cole as the two talk about the importance of being persistent and following your dreams.

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June 13, 2022

A$AP Ferg Comes Through, Halsey Triumphs, and Coi Leray Is a Star: The 16 Best Things We Saw at Governors Ball 2022

J. Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Soccer Mommy, Kid Cudi, Ashnikko, JID, and Tove Lo were also among the highlights of the three-day New York music festival

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June 10, 2022

'Shout-Out the People of Scarborough': J. Cole Leaves Shooting Stars to Go on Tour

The rapper thanked Scarborough, Toronto, and Canada and confirmed he's stepping away from the Shooting Stars to fulfill touring obligations.

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June 8, 2022

Travis Scott, SZA and J. Cole to headline Day N Vegas 2022

It's the first North American festival Scott has been announced for since the fatal crowd crush tragedy at Astroworld last year The post Travis Scott, SZA and J. Cole to headline Day N Vegas 2022 appeared first on NME.

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June 8, 2022

J-Hope Joins Metallica, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat as Lollapalooza 2022 Headliners

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

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June 7, 2022

Day N Vegas 2022 Lineup Announced: SZA, J. Cole, Travis Scott, and More

Scott had been scheduled to headline the Las Vegas festival last year but dropped out after the Astroworld tragedy

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June 7, 2022

Travis Scott to Headline Day N Vegas, His First U.S. Show Since Astroworld Disaster

SZA and J. Cole will join Scott as headliners for the Labor Day festival.

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Discs

90 Proof (with J. Cole)

September 30, 2022

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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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Snow On Tha Bluff

June 16, 2020

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Revenge Of The Dreamers III: Director's Cut

January 16, 2020

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Revenge Of The Dreamers III

July 5, 2019

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The London (feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott)

May 23, 2019

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MIDDLE CHILD

January 23, 2019

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Album of the Year (Freestyle)

August 7, 2018

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KOD

April 20, 2018

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High For Hours

January 18, 2017

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4 Your Eyez Only

December 9, 2016

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everybody dies

December 6, 2016

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False Prophets

December 6, 2016

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Forest Hills Drive: Live from Fayetteville, NC

January 28, 2016

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2014 Forest Hills Drive

December 9, 2014

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Be Free

August 14, 2014

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Born Sinner

June 18, 2013

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Born Sinner (Deluxe Version)

June 18, 2013

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Cole World: The Sideline Story

September 27, 2011

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