J. Cole celebrated his 31st birthday on Thursday (Jan. 28) with a special Forest Hills Drive Live album, a set taken from his recent nationwide trek and HBO special. While the Fayetteville MC has been treating stages like his stoop across the country in support of his third No. 1 album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, he’s also gotten married and leading the charge at Dreamville Records.
In celebration of his born day, revisit his seven best music videos below.
7. “Who Dat”
The single camera-shot visual shows young Jermaine bringing his heat to the streets.
6. “Lost Ones”
Shot in 2008, the emotional video touches on abortion and was recorded three years before J. Cole landed his deal.
5. “She Knows”
Infidelity is a frequent topic for Cole, who gets caught cheating in this plot-driven clip.
4. “Power Trip”
Miguel and J. Cole reunite for a surprising Making a Murder-esque visual for the rapper’s most popular love song.
3. “Crooked Smile”
Cole plays the lead role in the Sheldon Candis-directed tearjerker that tackles the war on drugs and racial profiling.
2. Wet Dreamz
Cole recounts losing his virginity in a visual story about literal puppy love.
J. plays a house slave who leads a plantation revolution in a rallying cry for unity.