Jermaine Lamar Cole, known professionally as J. Cole, is an American rapper/songwriter. Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after becoming inspired by Canibus, Nas, Tupac and Eminem, Cole and a cousin worked on developing a basic understanding of rhyming and word play, in addition to interloping storytelling with their lyrics. By 14, Cole had a notebook filled with song ideas, but was unable to produce material beyond sampling. Following several mixtapes, Cole released his debut full length studio effort “Cole World: The Sideline Story” in 2011. The albums “Born Sinner” (2013), “2014 Forest Hills Drive” (2014) and “4 Your Eyez Only” (2016) all came later.