2016: The Year in Charts

5 People Who Love J. Cole, From Jay Z to President Obama

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J. Cole performs at Osheaga Music and Art Festival on Aug. 2, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. 

While J. Cole has never needed validation in his career ("I promise, baby, you can bet the bank on me/ 'Cause can't nobody tell me what I ain't gonna be no more," he rapped on 2011's "Sideline Story"), the North Carolina rapper has earned plenty of co-signs from some elite stars, including his Roc Nation boss Jay Z, NBA player Kevin Durant and even President Barack Obama. 

Before the Dreamville captain earns more #FanLuv when he takes over Billboard's Hot 100 Fest in New York's Jones Beach on Aug. 20-21, peep the adoration for Cole in quotable form from notable VIPs below.

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Jay Z

"We take our time and it may not be most popular with artists, especially new ones, that [say], 'I wanna come out tomorrow,' but I think in the case of J. Cole, that A&R development really helped him and worked for him. That album that he put out was an album he brought in the first time and he thought he was ready. And you look at his career now, he's in a place of, you know, he's gonna be here as long as he wants to do it, as long as he's inspired 'cause now he has the attention of the public."

Drake

"You are looking at one of the smartest, greatest, most legendary artists of our generation." 

Kevin Durant

"J. Cole. He's in the top tier of rappers. You gotta do a lot of work to catch up to him. .... He can play [basketball] a bit, he can play. There’s a few guys that can play and there’s a few guys that’s just flat-out terrible, but he can play."

President Obama

"I love J. Cole. You know, this is the benefit of having teenage daughters. I actually keep up. I got a chance to see J. Cole’s mom and grandma."

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J. Cole's Mom

"Somebody had texted me a video clip from the audience at Madison Square Garden, and even from the night before in New Jersey, of just the applause and the roar of the audience and it was just like... You know, every mom thinks their kid deserves that applause and I'm just like, man, I've been doing that for 30 years. Everyone else is just finally catching on. It's amazing. It's surreal 'cause you think about how many people love your son. And I always tell Jermaine, 'You know, everybody loves you, darling, but nobody loves you as much as I do.'"

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