J. Cole

Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B
J. Cole
Photograph: courtesy the Chamber Group J. Cole
In 2010, J. Cole was part of XXL's "Freshman Class." Four years later, his name sits beside Drake's on the Forbes "30 Under 30." His sophomore effort, Born Sinner, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in June of last year—two weeks later, it unseated Kanye's Yeezus and claimed the No. 1 slot. It would appear the North Carolina native has graduated to a very successful career.


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