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VIDEO: Rapper J. Cole Appears on The Tavis Smiley Show, Talks Hit Album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ & More!

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TavisSmileyJCole“Widely considered one of the “most talented storytellers of the new hip-hop generation,” J. Cole has managed to become the rare artist who has maintained his integrity as a contemplative lyricist while also achieving consistent commercial success. Born Jermaine Lamarr Cole on a U.S. Army base in Frankfurt, Germany, his early musical influences include Michael Jackson, 2Pac, and Ice Cube.

J. Cole made his first song on a beat machine at 15 years old. A superb student, Cole attended St. John’s University on an academic scholarship, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. His career breakthrough came when he got his demo into the hands of hip-hop powerhouse Jay-Z, who would later ask Cole to record a 37-second verse on “A Star Is Born” from Jay-Z’s album, “The Blueprint 3.” J. Cole then became the first artist to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. He then released two gold-selling albums—2011’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story” and 2013’s “Born Sinner” — both backed by platinum-selling singles, “Work Out” and “Power Trip,” respectively. He is currently on a three-part, 64 city tour for his third studio album “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” which also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.”

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

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