J. Cole has so far clocked up a very commendable discography of 3 mixtapes, 2 EPs and 2 studio albums. For the North Carolina rapper, the grind has been very real, starting off as a young age creating tracks in his bedroom and hungry for a deal. His hard work would eventually pay off, capturing the attention of Jay Z and signing one hell of deal with Roc Nation.

Despite this, Cole has not stopped putting in the work proving he is one of today's finest lyricists in the game. His ability to make songs about real-life situations with blunt honesty has given him mass appeal as he proves he was just a kid from a small town with a dream like many.

J. Cole no doubt has a promising career ahead with his storytelling abilities, and the backing of one of the biggest rappers alive as we celebrate how far he has come at the age of just 29.

Happy Birthday J. Cole!