Jermaine Cole was born in Frankfurt, Hessia, Germany. Cole moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina at the age of 1 where he was raised by his mother. Cole attended Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, NC and graduated in the class 2003. Also Cole graduated from St. John’s University Magna Cum Laude. J. Cole has said that he only went to school in New York to pursue a record deal, J. Cole released his debut mixtape The Come Up in late 2007. Jay-Z signed J. Cole after hearing «Lights Please»- which was produced by Jayceon Dolinh and immediately contacted him. He released his second official mixtape, The Warm Up, on June 15, 2009. He appeared on Jay-Z’s album The Blueprint 3 on a track titled «A Star Is Born».  He is featured on Wale’s debut album, Attention Deficit, after being featured on his mixtape. He recently worked with producer No I. D. and Jay Storm for his upcoming debut album. J. Cole recently has been touring with Jay-Z on the Blueprint 3 tour. He is reported to go on tour with both Jay-Z and Young Jeezy in 2010, the year that his first album is expected to drop..