Although his sophomore album, Born Sinner, was one of the best rap albums of 2013, J. Cole didn’t receive a Best Rap Album Grammy Award nomination for it. And while he did earn a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy Award nomination for his hit single, “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel, he didn’t end up winning an award for that, either. So for the most part, Cole was an afterthought at the Grammy Awards this year.

With that in mind, you would think that 2014 was off to a rough start for Cole. But despite his shortcomings at the Grammys, the truth is that the Roc Nation artist is actually off to a pretty terrific start to the year. How so? These are the 7 ways J. Cole is already having a big 2014.

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