Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip-hop recording artist and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole began rapping at the age of twelve, after graduating school Cole released his debut mixtape The Come Up (2007). In 2009, he became the first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in which he released two mixtapes The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010).
His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story was released on September 27, 2011. The album debuted at 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. In 2013 Cole released his second studio album Born Sinner which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, however the album later rose on the chart to number one giving Cole his second number one on the chart.