While he might be the first artist ever signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, Jermaine Lamarr Cole (aka J. Cole) was inspired by artists like Tupac, Nas and Eminem while growing up in North Caroline. For college he attended St. John's University in New York City in hopes of gaining notoriety in the rap/hip-hop world. At only 26, J. Cole has already blown up big time.
Yet, mention the his name to the average music listener and they'll shoot a blank face back at you. He reminds me of artists like B.o.B., Wale, Jay Electronica and Jay-Z. While his flow and lyricism aren't world-class, he's certainly a top notch artist nonetheless. And, being under arguably one of the top five MCs of all time, the future couldn't be brighter for Cole.
So, without further ado, I present some of J. Cole's best tracks to date. This is without a doubt one of the artists you'll want to keep an ear out for within the next 10 years!
"In the Morning" feat. Drake
"Losing My Balance"