This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

January 28th – J. Cole was born Jermaine Lamarr Cole in Frankfurt, Germany on this day in 1985.

Cole’s father, a soldier in the United States Army, was serving in the military while on an American base in Germany.

When J. Cole was 8 months old, his family relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he grew up.

Cole began rapping at age 12 and at 15 he joined a group called Bomm Sheltuh with two other members while he used the stage name Therapist.

After studying guitar as a teen, Cole relocated again, this time to New York City where he graduated from St. John’s University magna cum laude with a degree in communications.

As a teen, his mother had purchased for him a Roland TR-808 drum machine so he could begin producing his own music.

Cole began releasing mixtapes in 2007 that started to garner him a following.

Cole then began appearing on albums by established rap stars like Jay-Z, Reflection Eternal and Wale.

Cole then began touring.

In 2010, Cole toured with Drake, opening for the popular Canadian rapper’s U.K. Tour.

After then signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, he released his debut album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” in 2011.

The gold-selling album would debut at No.1.

The album was mainly produced by Cole himself, with contributions from No I.D., Ron Gilmore and others.

“Cole World: The Sideline Story” spawn the hit singles, “Can’t Get Enough”, featuring Trey Songz, “Nobody’s Perfect”, featuring Missy Elliott and “Work Out”.

Other guests on the set included Drake and Jay-Z.

Cole released his sophomore album “Born Sinner” which went gold and eventually to the top of the charts as well.

Like it’s predecessor, the album was produced primarily by Cole himself with contributions this time by Jake One, Christian Rich, Elite, Syience, Ron Gilmore and others.

“Born Sinner” spawned the hit singles, “Crooked Smile”, featuring TLC, the Grammy-nominated “Power Trip”, featuring Miguel, “Forbidden Fruit”, featuring Kendrick Lamar, “She Knows”, featuring Amber Coffman And Cults and “Miss America”.

He released his most recent set in 2014 called “2014 Forest Hills Drive”.

The album which was again mainly produced by Cole himself, debuted at No.1 on the charts.

The gold-selling “2014 Forest Hills Drive” produced the singles, “G.O.M.D.” and “Apparently”.