5 Things You Should Know About J. Cole

Don't miss J. Cole tonight on 106!

Roc Boy in the Building - After performing at the pre-show festival in 2011, Roc Nation star J. Cole graduated to the big stage in 2012 at Hot 97's Summer Jam.(Photo: Courtesy Jen Diaz/Hot 97)

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J. Cole Is Back With Born Sinner Tonight on 106! - After his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, J. Cole was solidified as a rap star. Now, two years later, he's dropping his sophomore effort, Born Sinner, and he's starting the hype tonight on 106 & Park! Get ready to learn a few things about J. Cole now because he's back!(Photo: Courtesy Jen Diaz/Hot 97)

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1. What's in a Name? - Unlike monikers like Jay-Z and Diddy, J. Cole's stage name is simple and without a deeper meaning. Why? Because the Roc Nation rapper's government name is actually Jermaine Cole, so it's first initial, last name on the stage. We love how he kept it real.(Photo:  C Flanigan/WireImage)

2. Breakthrough Before the Debut - Before releasing his debut album, J. Cole got a lot of steam because of his feature on Miguel's debut single, "All I Want Is You." The two have continued their relationship, which can be seen and heard on Cole's latest single, "Power Trip." (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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2. Breakthrough Before the Debut - Before releasing his debut album, J. Cole got a lot of steam because of his feature on Miguel's debut single, "All I Want Is You." The two have continued their relationship, which can be seen and heard on Cole's latest single, "Power Trip." (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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3. XXL Freshman Connect - In 2010, J. Cole was featured on the coveted XXL Freshman cover. He was one of the uber-successful rappers to make waves, so clearly he was in good company sharing the cover with Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

J. Cole, Born Sinner - After his debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, arrived atop the charts, J. Cole should have a lot more breathing room to just do him. He says he?s taking advantage of the newfound creative control to focus on cutting social commentary rather than pop crossover appeal; the hard-edged first single, ?Miss America,? proves that he's made the right choice. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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5. Born and Raised - Although most fans know that J. Cole was raised in North Carolina, a lot of folks don't know that the rap star was actually born in Frankfurt, Germany.Don't miss J. Cole tonight at 6P/5C!(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)