Watch out for J. Cole. One this rapper who hails from North Carolina debuts his album, Cole World. J. Cole was born in Germany, then moved to North Carolina then got an academic scholarship to St. John's University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After he graduated he released his debut mixtape, The Come Up. But it wasn't until Jay-Z heard the track "Lights Please" off his 2nd mixtape, The Warm Up, that J. Cole became the first artist to sign with Jay's record label, Roc Nation.
The Warm up is more refined than The Come Up and gives you idea of just how raw yet appealing his rapping skills are on the tracks he is given. Below I attached two of his most recent songs, including one that will be his single for his debut album which comes out later this year. Also you can listen to "Lights Please" one of my favorite tracks by him.
Check out this song which came out this week:
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fj-cole-premeditated-murder J. Cole - Premeditated Murder by BeforeTheBigs
Check out "Who Dat", the first single off his debut album Cole World:
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fj-cole-who-dat J. Cole - Who Dat by BeforeTheBigs
Check out "Lights Please":
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fj-cole-lights-please J. Cole - Lights Please by BeforeTheBigs