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Rapper J Cole was the first artist signed by Roc Nation, Jay Z’s label. He released his first album in September 2011, which hit #1 on U.S. Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums, and Top Rap Albums. J Cole was also nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys that year.

Rapping since he was 12, J Cole would write his own songs because he loved to tell stories. He released two mix tapes, The Come Up in 200 and The Warm Up in 2009. In 2009, he was featured on “A Star Is Born,” on Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3 album. Beyond Race Magazine named him #49 on their 5 Great Breakthrough Artists in 2010, and he went on a college tour that spring. In January 2011, he supported Drake on the Light Dreams and Nightmares UK Tour. He has also opened for Jay Z and Rihanna on their tours.

His first album, Cole World: The Sideline Story was a huge success and he followed the release up with his first headlining tour. In October 2011, he announced his second album would be released in June 2012.