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1. Heineken Red Star Access Presents Roc Nation In New York Featuring J. Cole and DJ Nice

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 09: Rapper J. Cole attends Heineken Red Star Access Presents Roc Nation In New York Featuring J. Cole and DJ Nice at Bowery Ballroom on August 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/WireImage for Heineken) vertical,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,looking at camera,portrait,rapper,dj,j. cole,presenting,access,ballroom,red star,heineken,nice,bowery,roc nation

2. J.Cole’s Listening Party

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: J.Cole attends J.Cole’s listening party at Santos Party House on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage) vertical,arts culture and entertainment,attending,usa,new york city,music,j. cole,listening,santos party house

3. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Rapper J. Cole arrives at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage) vertical,arts culture and entertainment,usa,arrival,music,rapper,california,city of los angeles,staples center,j. cole,grammy awards,54th grammy awards

4. 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango – Show

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CARSON, CA – MAY 12: Singer J. Cole performs at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango at The Home Depot Center on May 12, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,music,performance,singer,california,carson – california,stadium,j. cole,kiis fm,wango tango music festival,stubhub center

5. The 40th American Music Awards – Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Recording artist J. Cole attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/AMA2012/FilmMagic) vertical,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,attending,musician,usa,music,california,city of los angeles,award,nokia theatre los angeles,j. cole,american music awards,2012 american music awards

6. Fabolous, J. Cole and Tyga Visit BET’s 106 & Park

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 10: J. Cole visits BET’s 106 & Park at BET Studios on April 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Ricard/Getty Images) vertical,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,usa,adult,adults only,new york city,music,radio,one man only,visit,gambling,j. cole,park

7. J. Cole ‘Born Sinner’ Listening Session

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 06: J. Cole performs at his ‘Born Sinner’ listening session at the SVA Theater on June 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage) celebrities,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,adult,adults only,new york city,music,performance,one man only,event,j. cole,listening,school of visual arts theater,born sinner

8. J. Cole And Kelly Rowland Visit BET’s ‘106 & Park’

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 17: J. Cole visits BET’s ‘106 & Park’ at BET Studios on June 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Ricard/Getty Images) vertical,celebrities,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,usa,adult,adults only,topics,topix,bestof,new york city,music,one man only,106 & park,visit,gambling,toppics,j. cole

9. 3rd Annual Philly 4th Of July Jam

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 04: Recording artist J. Cole performs during the 3rd annual Philly 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage) vertical,arts culture and entertainment,musician,usa,music,performance,annual event,jam,j. cole,philadelphia – pennsylvania,benjamin franklin parkway

10. Rock The Bells – San Bernardino, CA – Day 2

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SAN BERNADINO, CA – SEPTEMBER 8: J. Cole performs as part of the Rock the Bells Tenth Anniversary at San Manuel Amphitheatre on September 8, 2013 in San Bernadino, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) vertical,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,usa,adult,adults only,waist up,music,performance,california,one man only,stage,live event,part of,j. cole,modern rock,san bernardino,san manuel amphitheatre,bells tenth anniversary

11. Governors Ball 2014 In New York – Day 3

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 08: J. Cole performs on stage during day 3 of The Governors Ball at Randall’s Island on June 8, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images) arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,music,performance,stage,live event,music festival,j. cole,entertainment event,day 3,island,ny,randall,governors ball

12. D’USSE VIP Riser + Lounge At On The Run Tour – MetLife Stadium

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JULY 12: Recording artist J. Cole attends D’USSE VIP Riser + Lounge At On The Run Tour – MetLife Stadium on July 12, 2014 in East Rutherford City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for D’USSE) vertical,arts culture and entertainment,attending,musician,usa,looking at camera,waist up,portrait,new jersey,stadium,east rutherford,metlife stadium,j. cole,run,popular music tour,lounge,vip,d’usse,riser,east rutherford city

13. Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and more at the TIDAL Music Launch

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Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Usher, J. Cole, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and more at the TIDAL Music Launch alicia keys,j. cole,rihanna,nicki minaj,kanye west,beyonce,usher,jay z,tidal

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J. Cole attends ‘The Surprise About Nothing’ Pop Up Show backstage at S.O.B.’s on March 30, 2015 in New York City. j. cole,j cole

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MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 02: J. Cole performs on Day 2 of the Osheaga Music and Art Festival on August 2, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Horton/WireImage) j. cole

16. 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival – Day 2

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 06: Rapper J. Cole performs onstage during the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch) vertical,photography,arts culture and entertainment,usa,music,rapper,performance,j. cole,philadelphia – pennsylvania,made in america festival,benjamin franklin parkway,2015,anheuser-busch inbev

17. 2016 Life Is Beautiful Festival – Day 2

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 24: Recording artist J. Cole performs onstage during day 2 of the Life Is Beautiful festival on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) photography,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,musician,usa,music,performance,nevada,las vegas,three quarter length,music festival,j. cole,day 2,life is beautiful festival

18. 2016 Pemberton Music Festival

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PEMBERTON, BC – JULY 15: J. Cole performs live at Pemberton Music Festival on July 15, 2016 in Pemberton, BC. (Photo by Jim Bennett/FilmMagic) photography,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,music,rapper,performance,canada,hip hop,music festival,j. cole,entertainment event,british columbia,pemberton

19. The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – Day 1

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QUEENS, NY – OCTOBER 01: Rapper J. Cole performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Day 1 on October 1, 2016 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for The Meadows) photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,new york city,music,rapper,performance,j. cole,entertainment event,queens – new york city,day 1,the meadows music

20. 2016 Lollapalooza – Day 1

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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 28: J. Cole performs on day one of Lollapalooza 2016 at Grant Park on July 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic) photography,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,music,performance,illinois,chicago – illinois,grant park,music festival,j. cole,day 1,lollapalooza

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22. J. Cole Performs At Oracle Arena

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OAKLAND, CA – JULY 14: J. Cole performs during hie ‘4 Your Eyez Only Tour’ at ORACLE Arena on July 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images) photography,celebrities,people,one person,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,waist up,music,concert,performance,california,incidental people,j. cole,oakland – california,oracle corporation

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