Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole first received recognition in 2007, following the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up. Shortly after the release, Cole was contacted by American rapper Jay-Z and subsequently signed to his record label Roc Nation. Since then, Cole has released five studio albums and two more mixtapes. All of his five albums had peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200.