After numerous days standing outside Jay-Z's office in hopes of handing him a demo, producer and MC J. Cole finally ran into his idol, but the reception was well below chilly. He was shocked, then, when he received a call from the man weeks later, and even more shocked when he got a chance to contribute to Jay-Z's 2009 effort The Blueprint 3. In 2011, Roc Nation released his official debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200. Featuring the single "Power Trip," Born Sinner followed in 2013 with guest appearances from Miguel, TLC, and Kendrick Lamar. The title of his 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was the address of Cole's childhood home in North Carolina. ~ David Jeffries
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