Song: "A Star is Born"
In 2009, when Jermaine Cole was on the radar for his The Warm Up mixtape, the rapper was one of the few guests on Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3. In an interview with Complex, Cole explains how he wrote his verse in 45 minutes. "All I felt was the necessity to, 'cause the beat is fast, so a sixteen on that kind of beat don't really last that long," he said. "So I was like OK, if I only got 16 bars, I want to tell as much of my story as possible." The reaction? If you haven't noticed, Cole did release a little ol' highly buzzed album today.