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J. Cole is an American rap artist born in 1985 in Frankfurt, Germany. He initially became known for his mixtape The Come Up in 2007. Rap artist and businessman Jay-Z signed Cole to Roc Nation in 2009. He released his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011. He released his second Born Sinner in 2013. Cole’s hit singles includeMiss America, Crooked Smile, She Knows, and Forbidden Fruit. He has earned two BET Hip Hop Awards in his career.