I consider J.Cole (Jermaine Lamarr Cole) one of the best rappers in today’s date. J.Cole the first German rapper signed to Roc Nation in 2009. He released his first album "Cole World:The Sideline Story" on September 27, 2011 coming as the number one on the US Billboard 200. He sold more than 200,000 on his first week of the album release. J.Cole attended St. John’s University because he thought that he had a better chance of getting signed. He was influenced by Tupac and Canibus when he first started writing at twelve years old, which was when his cousin taught him about the basics of rap.