J. Cole

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J. Cole
Born
Jermaine Lamarr Cole[1]

(1985-01-28) January 28, 1985 (age 39)
NationalityAmerican
Other names
  • Therapist
  • Hollywood Cole
  • Kill Edward[2]
Alma materSt. Johns University (BS)
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • basketball player
Years active2007–present
OrganizationDreamville Ventures
Spouse
Melissa Heholt (m. 2015)
Children2
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginFayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresSouthern hip hop
Labels
Formerly ofAll City Chess Club
Websitewww.dreamville.com

J. Cole (born Jermaine Lamarr Cole; January 28, 1985) is an American rapper and record producer.

Early life[change | change source]

Cole was born at a United States Army base in Frankfurt, West Germany.[3][4] His father is an African American who served in the United States Army.[5] Cole's mother is white.[6] Eight months later, Cole moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was raised by his mother, aunt and cousin. His father left the family when Cole was still young.[6]

Discography[change | change source]

Cole began gaining popularity after his first mixtape, The Come Up, was released in 2007. In 2009, he was signed to Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation. Cole released two additional mixtapes, The Warm Up in 2009 and Friday Night Lights in 2010.

Albums[change | change source]

Cole released his first studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200. His next two albums, Born Sinner (2013) and 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014), also topped the Billboard 200. 2014 Forest Hills Drive earned Cole a Best Rap Album nomination at the 2015 Grammy Awards.[7]

His fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only (2016), peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.[8] Cole's other albums, KOD (2018) and The Off-Season (2021), also topped the Billboard 200. Altogether, Cole has earned six number-one album on the Billboard 200.

As producer[change | change source]

As a producer, he has worked with famous musicians such as Kendrick Lamar and Janet Jackson.

Dreamville Records[change | change source]

He founded his own record label Dreamville Records. The label's compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III (2019) charted at number one on the Billboard 200. It was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Cole has won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album, three Soul Train Music Awards, and eight BET Hip Hop Awards.

American Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2012 Himself New Artist of the Year Nominated [9]
Cole World: The Sideline Story Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album Nominated
2015 2014 Forest Hills Drive Nominated [10]

BET Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2011 Himself Best New Artist Nominated [11]
2012 Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated [12]
"Party (Remix)" (with Beyoncé) Best Collaboration Nominated
2014 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated [13]
2016 Nominated [14]
2017 Nominated [15]
4 Your Eyez Only Album of the Year Nominated
2018 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated [16]
2019 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated [17][18]
"A Lot" (with 21 Savage) Video of the Year Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
"Middle Child" Viewers' Choice Award Nominated
2021 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated [19]

BET Hip Hop Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2011 Friday Night Lights Best Mixtape Won [20]
2012 Cole World: The Sideline Story CD of the Year Nominated [21]
Himself MVP of the Year Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Nominated
Best Live Performer Nominated
"Nobody's Perfect" (featuring Missy Elliott) Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best collaboration) Nominated
2013 Born Sinner Album of the Year Nominated [22]
"Power Trip" (featuring Miguel) Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated
Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated
Track of the Year Nominated
People's Champ Award Nominated
Himself MVP of the Year Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Nominated
Best Live Performer Nominated
"Crooked Smile" (featuring TLC) Impact Track Won
2014 Best Hip Hop Video Nominated [23]
Himself Lyricist of the Year Nominated
2015 Nominated [24]
MVP of the Year Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated
Best Live Performer Won
Hustler of the Year Nominated
2014 Forest Hills Drive Album of the Year Won
"Apparently" Impact Track Nominated
"Be Free" Nominated
2016 "Love Yourz" Won [25]
Himself Hot Ticket Performer Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Nominated
2017 4 Your Eyez Only Album of the Year Nominated
Himself Hot Ticket Performer Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Nominated
2018 KOD Album of the Year Nominated [26]
Himself MVP of the Year Nominated
Lyricist of the Year Nominated
2019 Won [27]
MVP of the Year Nominated
Revenge of the Dreamers III Album of the Year Nominated
"A Lot" (with 21 Savage) Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse Won
Impact Track Won
"Middle Child" Nominated
2020 Himself Lyricist of the Year Nominated [28]
"Snow on tha Bluff" Impact Track Nominated
2021 Himself Artist of the Year Nominated [29]
Lyricist of the Year Won
The Off-Season Album of the Year Nominated

Billboard Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2014 Born Sinner Top Rap Album Nominated [30]
2015 2014 Forest Hills Drive Won [31]
Himself Top Rap Artist Nominated
2017 Nominated [32]
4 Your Eyez Only Top Rap Album Nominated
2018 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour Top Rap Tour Nominated [33]
2022 The Off-Season Tour Nominated [34]

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

Year Category Work Outcome Ref.
2012 Best New Artist Himself Nominated [35]
2014 Best Rap/Sung Performance "Power Trip" Nominated
2016 Best Rap Album 2014 Forest Hills Drive Nominated
Best Rap Performance "Apparently" Nominated
Best R&B Performance "Planez" Nominated
2019 Best Rap/Sung Performance "Pretty Little Fears" Nominated
Best R&B Song "Come Through and Chill" Nominated
2020 Best Rap Performance "Middle Child" Nominated
"Down Bad" (with JID, Bas, EarthGang and Young Nudy) Nominated
Best Rap Song "A Lot" (with 21 Savage) Won
Best Rap/Sung Performance "The London" (with Young Thug and Travis Scott) Nominated
Best Rap Album Revenge of the Dreamers III Nominated
2022 Best Rap Performance "My Life" (featuring 21 Savage and Morray) Nominated [36]
Best Rap Song Nominated
Best Melodic Rap Performance "Pride Is the Devil" (featuring Lil Baby) Nominated
Best Rap Album The Off-Season Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2018 Wireless Festival Best World Stage Nominated [37]
2019 Himself Best Hip-Hop Nominated [38]

MTV Video Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2013 "Power Trip" (featuring Miguel) Best Hip Hop Nominated [39]
2014 "Crooked Smile" (featuring TLC) Best Video with a Social Message Nominated [40]
2018 "ATM (Addicted to Money)" Best Art Direction Nominated
Best Hip Hop Nominated
2019 "A Lot" (with 21 Savage) Nominated
Video of the Year Nominated
"The London" (with Travis Scott and Young Thug) Song of the Summer Nominated

MTVU Woodie Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2012 Himself Woodie of the Year: Series of Popular Mixtapes Nominated [41]

NAACP Image Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2016 "No Sleeep" (with Janet Jackson) Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration Nominated [42]
Outstanding Music Video Nominated
Outstanding Song, Contemporary Nominated
2020 "Shea Butter Baby" (with Ari Lennox) Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration Nominated [43]
2022 Himself Outstanding Male Artist Nominated [44]
"My Life" (with 21 Savage) Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song Nominated

Soul Train Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominee / work Award Result R
2012 Himself Best New Artist Nominated [45]
2013 Power Trip" featuring Miguel Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year Nominated [46]
Best Collaboration Nominated
"Crooked Smile" featuring TLC The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award Nominated
2015 "Apparently" The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award Nominated [47]
2019 "A Lot" (with 21 Savage) Best Hip-Hop Song Of The Year Nominated [48]
"Middle Child" Nominated
"Shea Butter Baby" (with Ari Lennox) Best Collaboration Performance Nominated
"Purple Emoji" (with Ty Dolla Sign) Nominated

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