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J. Cole just had a landmark day for record certifications

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J. Cole. (Shutterstock/Sterling Munksgard)

J. Cole had a day to remember on Tuesday as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued him a total of 27 new record certifications.

The "Love Yourz" rapper's achievements were celebrated by his longtime manager, Ibrahim “Ib" Hamad, on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Certified," he wrote alongside a graphic showcasing all of Cole's new plaques.

Among Cole's albums and singles to receive new certifications were his 2014 album "2014 Forest Hills Drive," which was certified five-times platinum, and his 2016 single "Neighbors," which was certified four-times platinum.

Most notably, Cole's 2019 single "Middle Child" was certified nine-times platinum, bringing the North Carolina native one step closer to achieving his first ever diamond certification.

A diamond plaque is awarded to any album or single that sells 10 million copies.

Only 121 songs in history have been certified diamond, including "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, "God's Plan" by Drake, and "In Da Club" by 50 Cent, which was certified diamond earlier in November.

In other J. Cole news, it was recently revealed that the 38-year-old rapper would be joining Drake for the second leg of his "It's All a Blur" tour.

Titled "It's All a Blur Tour – Big as the What?" – the second instalment of the tour will see Cole and Drake perform together at 28 shows, including in Tampa, Florida, Columbus, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado.

The pair's joint shows come in light of them scoring a joint No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in October with "First Person Shooter."

The song, which features on Drake's eighth studio album "For all The Dogs," was Cole's first ever chart topper.

In early November, Cole told the “A Safe Place Podcast" that while he was thrilled to get his first No. 1, he wishes it would have been one of his own songs instead.

“It went No. 1, but if it went No. 2, I wouldn’t have felt no way. If the other song would’ve went No. 1, it’s like, ‘Bruh, I’m cool. I almost feel better not having my first No. 1 be off a Drake alley-oop,’” he said.

“I love Drake and I love that I’m a part of that moment with him," he added.



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