J. Cole is the 62nd most popular rap & hiphop music artist and the 78th most famous J. Cole is described by fans as: Inspiring, Talented, Relaxing, A great performer and Creative. The number 15 was Cole’s number that he wore during his high school basketball days at Terry Sanford High School. Fans can tell in the video that J. Cole deeply appreciated the gift.
I can also attest to this from my concert experience. Again, there are few music artists that put on a show such as this, because no one cares to this degree.
Cole is married to Melissa Heholt, with whom he has a child. He recently purchased the childhood home after which he named his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, with the intention of developing it into temporary rent-free accommodation for single mothers.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first received recognition in 2007, following the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up. Shortly after the release, Cole was contacted by American rapper Jay-Z and subsequently signed to his record label Roc Nation Since then, Cole has released five studio albums and two more mixtapes. All of his five albums had peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200.
Other rappers on his label are not the best known in the music industry, but there is some serious talent to work with. Cole’s song ‘Tribe’ with Bas, another Dreamville rapper, was one of the best rap songs of 2018.
My favorite song from the album is 1985”, which explores the mainstream nature of hip-hop and how younger rappers are digging themselves into a hole of irrelevancy. It moves past a diss-track in order to try to help these rappers; Cole wants to see the world become better rather than grow in fame by any means.
The ‘platinum with no features’ rapper loosens up and even seems to have fun on his star-studded new album. This is the story of J Cole’s humble beginnings, his hard work and his rise to the top, all whilst remaining the realist rapper in the game.
In 2013, rapper J. Cole released his second studio album, Born Sinner, and backed it with his What Dreams May Come tour. Like 2011’s Cole World: The Sideline Story, his debut album, Born Sinner hit No. 1 on the U.S. album chart. Cole, whose full name is Jermaine Cole, first got wide recognition for his 2007 mixtape The Come Up, which caught the ear of Jay-Z and eventually led to Cole’s signing by Roc Nation. Cole – who was born on an Army base in Germany but was raised in North Carolina – has since released a string of hit singles including “Work Out,” “Power Trip,” and “Nobody’s Perfect.” He built his loyal fan base by releasing a string of sought-after mixtapes and EPs, and also by being one of relatively few hip hop artists who tour regularly. All of the stage time has made Cole a confident performer who makes putting on a good show a priority, which keeps fans buying tickets again and again.
Thirty minutes before the song’s release, Cole took to Instagram and Twitter to post numerous images of true middle children, including Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Madonna, John F. Kennedy, LiAngelo Ball, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez.
Cole was interested in music at the tender age of 12 and began working on his rapping skills during his teen hood. He moved to New York City to study at St. John’s University just so he could find more opportunities to grow his music career. He released several mixtapes following graduation: The Come Up” in 2007 and The Warm Up” in June 2009. Cole persistently sought the attention of hip hop artist and producer Jay-Z and his efforts were rewarded soon after.
In the beginning of 2019, J. Cole did something unexpected: the head honcho of Dreamville sent out a mass invite for artists and producers to join him and his team for 10-day rap camp recording sessions in Atlanta for his label’s highly-anticipated Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation tape with the intent of getting as many features on the album as possible. The announcement of the recording sessions instantly built hype on social media as a big-ticket event in hip-hop. The resulting super-compilation tape demonstrates that J. Cole has finally mastered the art of collaboration.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (b. January 28th, 1985), better known as J. Cole, is a rapper and producer who was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He gained a passion for rap at a young age and first went by the names Blaza and Therapist (the latter was given to him by Bomb Sheltah, a respected rap group from Fayetteville) before settling on his own name.
Revenge of the Dreamers III poses as a beautifully arranged album on which none of the features seem forced. It makes DaBaby and on a single together seem routine, a collaboration with J.I.D. and T.I. offer an example of poignant storytelling, and a surprise appearance from Kendrick Lamar flow perfectly with the rest of the high-quality bars scattered throughout the album. But more importantly, Revenge of the Dreamers III creates a sonically-pleasing reminder of what happens when J. Cole’s artistry knows no creative limits and offers hope for his future music.
Cole paid attention. And for the past few months, he’s been going through a fascinating evolution. Cole has been on a guest-appearance bender lately, and he’s been clearly and visibly trying to figure out his place in the world. He’s owning his position as one of the biggest stars in rap, and he’s also rapping alongside the younger rappers — 21 Savage, Offset — who he seemed to be judging on his earlier records. On those recent records, he seems to be grappling with his own place in rap history, and with that of his generation. And he’s also trying to reckon with a rap landscape that seems to be caught in an erratic and dangerous state of flux.
Tinie Tempah’s number one, debut album ‘Disc-overy’ has sold over half a million copies to date and earned him 2 Brit Awards – one for Best Single for track ‘Pass Out’ and the other for Best Breakthrough Artist, both of which were voted for by the public. The album has also spawned 2 number one singles’ Pass Out’ (certified Platinum) and ‘Written In The Stars’ (certified Gold) and 2 top five singles ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ and ‘Frisky’. His fifth single ‘Wonderman’ featuring Ellie Goulding was released last week.
Cole has talked about being a great rapper before. But I can’t remember hearing him believe it the way he does right now. More to the point, I believe it. Cole is publicly reconsidering his place in the firmament, and while he’s doing that, he’s also making a huge leap in confidence. There’s a swagger in his voice now that wasn’t there a year or two ago. Recently, Cole invited a whole lot of people to the sessions for his new project Revenge Of The Dreamers III. It’s starting to feel like this project, or like whatever Cole might be doing next, has the potential to be great. I’m always interested in what J. Cole might do next. But now, for the first time, I’m excited, too.
The rapper’s audience eagerly welcomed the April 2018 release of his fifth studio album, KOD, which shattered Spotify’s opening-day streaming record en route to the Billboard top spot. Days later, it was announced that Cole had become the first artist to debut three simultaneous singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Kevin’s Heart,” “ATM” and KOD’s title track all surfacing on the chart.
North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams doesn’t know much about Cole’s music, but he does recognize his playing skill. 18. J Cole went on to buy back ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ and will use it to home families in need.
Kicking off July 12 in Seattle, Wash., and culminating in a homecoming show Aug. 29 in Fayetteville, N.C., the 29-date tour will also be making stops at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, New York’s Madison Square Garden and many more. Dubbed as the Hollywood leg of the 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour, this announcement comes right on the heels of the nearly sold out Hometown leg of the tour that will be visiting cities that Cole feels he’s missed in the past – with dates beginning in March. With the addition of his recently announced European tour featuring Pusha T and Jhene Aiko, Cole will be logging in what might be the most miles for any artist this year with a total of 65 dates from March to August.
But KOD’s best track may be its closer, 1985, which is billed as a taster of his forthcoming project The Fall Off. It delivers hip-hop’s new generations of artists (by whom Cole is unimpressed”) a wise, warm but firm talking-to that switches from practical advice, warnings about the fleeting nature of fame and the inadvisability of jumping on trends to a stark and impressively incisive suggestion they should think hard about the nature of their appeal: These white kids love that you don’t give a fuck, ‘cause that’s exactly what’s expected when your skin black… They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels”.
Cole was one of the standout performers at 2018’s Longitude Festival in Marlay Park, so naturally we’re really excited to hear some new music from the rapper.
Although J. Cole’s “fuck the industry” stance has been a constant throughout his career, the rapper has seemed to shift gears of late. He’s suddenly collaborated with artists that he seems like he would have ridiculed three years ago (like last year’s feature on 21 Savage‘s “a lot”), become more active on social media, and is less limiting on the production end (his latest single “Middle Child” features unexpected Auto-Tune.) Also on “Middle Child”, ‘s highest charting single , the rapper addresses his critics and promises to prove them wrong.
Though the song as a whole is about Cole feeling like he’s stuck between two eras of rap, this particular verse is a nod to how he feels responsible for using his success to lift up those around him. To that end, Cole feels like LeBron, a superstar known for his desire to help his closest confidants, does both on and off the court.
The young Jermaine Cole had already started writing raps at the age of 12, but also studied guitar and Western classical music, as he enjoyed violin lessons from sixth to 12th grade (ages 12 to 18) and sometimes played in an orchestra. At age 15, he persuaded his mother to get him something on which he could make his own tracks, so she bought him the Ensoniq ASR X Pro (not a Roland TR808, as has been erroneously reported elsewhere), and Cole began to write his own beats as well as his own words.