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J. Cole

25 Things You Didn't Know

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    First artist signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label (Waited outside his office multiple times in hopes of doing a demo for Jay – Got a phone call a few weeks later).

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    He was first featured in Jay Z’s track “A Star Is Born” on “The Blueprint 3” album.

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    Attended St. John’s University on an academic scholarship, graduated Magna Cum Laude as a communications major.

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    Born in Frankfurt, Germany on a military base, raised in North Carolina.

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    Started rapping at age 12 (inspired by seeing his cousin rap).

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    Worked with a rap group called Bomm Sheltuh in North Carolina at the age of 15.

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    His first stage names were “Blaza” and “Therapist.”

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    Worked at a skating rink, on certain occasions would dress up as a kangaroo.

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    Started rapping at age 12, Starting producing at age 15 on an ASR-X, a Christmas present from his mother.

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    Played for the Terry Sanford Orchestra (NC) as a first chair violinist.

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    Coached an adolescent basketball team in Queens (his first job in NY).

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    Worked in the ad/sales department for a newspaper in NYC and never sold an ad.

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    Had a landlord that let him “slide” on his rent multiple times- eventually he paid it back with a little extra, still keeps in touch with him from time to time.

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    Was a bill collector for a little, but was too compassionate to stick with it.

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    Favorite food: Mac n’ cheese.

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    Listens to Eric Clapton.

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    Spoke to Harvard students this past February about the importance of college education, being a famous rapper, as well as his connection with basketball.

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    Has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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    His first album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in September 2011.

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    His go to drink: Hennesy and Coke. Also enjoys Mai Tais from the Cheesecake factory.

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    His full name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole.

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    The only food he makes himself: Cereal and PB&J.

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    While growing up, he was inspired by Royce, Eminem, Canibus and of course, Jay-Z.

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    Zodiac sign: Gemini.

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    Free-styled at a Denny’s in Illinois with Wale while waiting for food.

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