Drake Wishes His 'Brother' J. Cole a Happy Birthday: 'Thank You for the Years of Inspiration'

Drake got sentimental on Instagram in time for Cole's 39th birthday.

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Drake and J. Cole are as thick as thieves. If their back-to-back collaborations and upcoming joint tour weren't proof enough, Drake also gave Cole a sentimental birthday shout-out on Sunday.

"More life my brother," The Boy wrote in his Instagram Stories over a black and white image of Cole. "Thank you for the years of inspiration."

2023 was a brotherly year for Drake and the Dreamville Records co-founder, as both headlined the third installment of Dreamville Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cole returned the favor last July when he made a surprise pop-up during the Montreal stop of the It's All A Blur Tour.

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Drake and Cole also teamed up on "Evil Ways" and "First Person Shooter" from For All the Dogs, with the latter single marking Cole's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Although "First Person Shooter" marked Drake tying with Michael Jackson for most chart-toppers by a male artist, Cole explained on Lil Yachty's A Safe Place podcast that the No. 1 was virtually given to him because the song included Drake. The collaboration was also in competition with the Yeat-assisted For All the Dogs track, "IDGAF."

"I’d almost feel better not having my first No. 1 be off a Drake alley-oop, you know what I mean? Like, I love Drake and I love that I’m a part of that moment with him with Michael Jackson," Cole said on the podcast. "But it’s like, bruh, I’m grateful I’m a part of it. But if the other song would have went No. 1, n****, I’m still grateful I’m a part of it. I wasn’t at home like, 'Come on, y’all! Pick up the streams, man! We gotta beat this motherfucker Yeat! Come on now!' I wasn’t doing that."

The It's All a Blur Tour, Big as the What? will kick off on Feb. 2 in Tampa, Florida.

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