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2016 Pemberton Music Festival

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Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known as “J. Cole,” has recently emerged on the rap music scene with the tremendous success of his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. His songs are often compared to those of Kendrick Lamar in that they tell well-written, comprehensive stories and are almost more lyrical poems than stereotypical rap songs. Here are 10 interesting facts about J. Cole:

1) J. Cole is the first rapper to go platinum in 25 years without features.

2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and reached Platinum status. The entire album is composed of songs that solely feature J. Cole, making it a exhibition of unadulterated talent that is worthy of such a status.

2) He received his diploma from his alma mater, St. John’s University, more than seven years after graduating because of library fines.

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