Jermaine Lamar Cole (born January 28, 1985), known professionally as J. Cole, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from 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 solo career as a rapper, he went on to release two additional mixtapes, The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights after signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint in 2009. Cole released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011.
His next two releases, 2013's Born Sinner and 2014's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, received mostly positive reviews from critics. In December 2016, Cole released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only. His fifth album, KOD, was released in April 2018. On January 23, 2019, Cole put out his single,"Middle Child," which would later be a part of Dreamville's Return of the Dreamers III.