Born Jermaine Cole, he is a rapper and record producer whose first album debuted at number one on the US Billboard chart in 2011. His 2013 album, Born Sinner, also reached #1 on the charts.
He graduated magna cum laude from St. John's University.
He was the first rap artist Jay-Z signed to his label, Roc Nation, in 2009.
He was raised by his mother and cousin in North Carolina after his father, a military officer, left the family. He has an older brother named Zach. He has two children with his wife Melissa Heholt.
He was greatly inspired by Tupac Shakur.