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1. We all know J. Cole’s real name is Jermaine Lamarr Cole. But did you know he was born in Frankfurt, Germany?

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2. J. Cole’s mom is German & his dad, who left a young Jermaine behind very early on in his life, is African-American.

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3. The “extent” of his “prepared food” repertoire goes only so far as cereal and PB&Js.

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4. J. Cole’s first rap name was Blaza. His second was Therapist.

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5. He considered himself the underdog. He’s quoted as saying: “I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.”

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6. J. Cole moved his “Born Sinner” release date up from June 25th to June 18th to, specifically, compete with Kanye West’s “Yeezus.”

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7. J. Cole’s favorite New Yorker, dead or alive, is Tupac.

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8. J. Cole stands tall at 6’3″ – he’s one inch taller than his mentor, Jay Z.

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9. He was first-chair violinist back in high school.

He was first-chair violinist back in high school.

10. It was J. Cole’s mom who encouraged his production, buying her son a $1,300 ASR-X for Christmas so he could make beats at home.

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11. J. Cole has worked as a newspaper ad salesman and a bill collector, in addition to dressing as a kangaroo while working at a skating rink.

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12. He first attempted to work with Jay Z after college. In 2007, Hov dismissed the young rapper and the beat tape he was trying to shop around.

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13. That same night, J. Cole stood around and waited for Jay Z to arrive at the studio, for 3 hours, in the rain – only to get the cold shoulder from Hov.

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