Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), aka. J.Cole, is an American rapper/producer. (Born in Franfurt, Germany raised in Fayettville, North Carolina), in 2009 he became the first artist to sign to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.His debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story was released in September 2011, and hit number one on the US Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart, selling more than 218,000 in its first week.He received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 54th Grammy Awards.Released his sophomore album - Born Sinner - in 2013, and a collaboration album with Kendrick Lamar is in the recording stages.
Influences: Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem, Outkast, Alica Keys, Master P, Canibus, Big Pun
Early-Installment Weirdness: His earlier works circa The Come Up often contained references to guns and violence, something that he actively avoids now.
Freestyle Version: Frequent across his earlier mixtapes, mostly over songs by Kanye West and Jay-Z (notice a theme here?), although also over Cassie's "Must Be Love", Missy Elliot's "Best Friend" and Talib Kweli's "Get By".
Unexpected Character: A few... His first album had Missy Elliott (who had been on a music hiatus), whilst his second had TLC, Amber Coffman, Mike Epps and Pastor Kearney Thomas, whilst if you bought the deluxe of that album you got a song which included a chorus (for no apparent reason) by 50 Cent.
Wolverine Publicity: Sort of averted. He does have a tendency to do lots of features, but they don't seem to give him the exposure they probably should.