J. Cole is an American hip hop recording artist,
songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Cole started rapping at the age of 12, becoming serious about it at the age of 15. He hooked up with a local
group called Bomm Sheltuh, which included rappers Nervous Reck and FilthE Ritch. Around this time
he added record production to his repertoire and his stage name was Therapist.
Cole first received recognition in 2007, following the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up.
Shortly after the release of The Come Up, Cole was contacted by American rapper Jay-Z and subsequently
signed to his record label Roc Nation, in 2009.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole
Also known as
January 28, 1985 (age
Frankfurt, West Germany
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Rapper, producer, songwriter
Vocals, sampler, keyboards
J. Cole Quotes
"I can identify with White people, because I know my mother, her side of the family, who I love. I've had White friends.
I know people from high school that I might not have hung out with outside of high school, but I think I got to
know them pretty well, so I know they sense of humor. But at the end of the day, I never felt White. I don't know
what that feels like. I can identify. But never have I felt like I'm one of them. Not that I wanted to, or tried to,
but it just was what it was. I identify more with what I look like, because that's how I got treated. Not
necessarily in a negative way. But when you get pulled over by the police, I can't pull out my half-White card.
Or if I just meet you on the street you're not gonna be like, "This guy seems half-White."