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There are some things BET gets right these days. Aside from playing every single “mama on the couch” play in existence and still allowing the inmates to run the asylum for most of their other programming, this Rising Icons series they have is pretty great. A lot of on the rise talent gets their shine and get actually interviewed on how they got to the point where they are today.

J. Cole is next. We’ve been saying that since The Warm Up dropped last summer. Here the North Carolina rhyme slayer gets to explain his rise in his own words.