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J. Cole talks about his new CD, love of basketball

Updated: September 27, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Jemele Hill

Rising hip-hop star J. Cole and icon Michael Jordan have something interesting in common beyond both of them being from North Carolina.

Cole, like Jordan, was cut from his high school basketball team. Only Cole, a Fayetteville native, wasn't cut once, but twice.

"It was the ultimate motivation," said the 26-year-old Cole, whose highly anticipated debut album, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," is being released on Tuesday. "That's when I started going hard for the first ...

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