J. Cole is still having the best two weeks ever and if there’s any way of telling an artist has longevity in this game it’s when people care enough to see them as youngsters on the come up. The 26-year-old dropped his long awaited debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story recently, pushing an impressive 217,324 units it’s first week. But what were Cole’s bars like before the flashing lights and album autographs?
In a random bit of footage from his young’n years, you can find a 15-year-old Jermaine Cole rocking a collosal black tee, repping Fayetteville, NC hard and having a ball freestyling over Diddy, Busta Rhymes and Biggie’s “Victory” beat. Talk about nostalgic. Take a sec from running through the album a 100th time to check a glimpse of a star in the making.