Born: January 28, 1985
J. Cole was born in Frankfurt, Germany but at 8 months his family moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina. After graduating from Terry Sanford High School, Cole decided to further his education and went on to attend St Johnâ€™s University in New York City. There he majored in communications and minored in business.
He started writing his own lyrics at the age of 15 in notebooks and since he didnâ€™t have a producer or DJ he created his own beats using a beat machine. Cole then became the first artist signed to Jay-Zâ€™s Roc Nation label. He released his first mix tape The Come Up in 2007 then The Warm Up followed in 2009. His last mix tape Friday Night Lights was released in 2010. His highly anticipated debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story set to be released September 2011.