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Jermaine Cole is sneaking into my “favorite rapper” spot very swiftly. It’s not just because he’s skilled…it’s because I’m drawn to his story. He’s a college grad, he’s smart, he’s grinding toward his dreams.

The BET Rising Icon series is one of my favorites. Though they have made some pretty horrible choices in selecting people to give that title to, I think they’ve done a great job this season, starting with J. Cole. Here’s part 1 of his Rising Icon’s special…in which he talks about being bi-racial (didn’t know that) how he uses basketball as a metaphor for his life, and how he met Jay-Z. Catch Part 2 when you continue reading

Here’s part 2: