J. Cole is an American rapper and music producer known for his compilations The Come Up, The Warm Up, Cole World: The Sideline Story, Born Sinner, 4 Your Eyez Only, and KOD.
All of his albums gained recognition in the Billboards charts. When he was starting, Jay Z dismissed his samples. Later on, he worked with various musicians and rappers – and that includes Jay Z.
He even got into a deal with Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. Find out more about J Cole net worth, albums, and how a failure is not the end of a dream.
Celebrity Name: J. Cole
Nickname: Moe Dee
Real Name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole
Birth Date: January 28, 1985
Current Age: 35
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Birth Place: Frankfurt, Hesse, West Germany
Parents: father unnamed, Kay Cole mother
Height: 6’2″ (189cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse: Melissa Heholt
J Cole Net Worth 2020: $35 million
Jermaine Lamarr Cole’s father served in the US Army and it is surprising to know that the rapper was born in a American military base in Germany. His mother was working for the US Postal Service as a postal worker. Later, his father abandoned the family so his mother Kay and brother Zach returned to the United States in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Though his mother was white, Cole feels more connected with his ethnicity. He added that he always liked basketball and music when he was young.
As a result, J. Cole dreamed of becoming a rapper when he grows up so he started making rap music. His mother supported his dream and she gave him an ASR-X sampler for Christmas. Because of the sampler, Cole developed a liking to music production and created the pseudonym Therapist for himself. Not long after, he produced music for the group called Bomm Sheltuh.
Cole believed he has better future as a musician in New York City so he moved there. He got a scholarship from St. John’s University and chose Computer Science as his major. When he saw the life of a lonely professor teaching Computer Science, he decided to switch to Communication and Business. Later when he graduated, he went on to do some part-time jobs. The interesting ones were newspaper ad salesman, bill collector, kangaroo mascot, and many more.
While he doing all this, Cole produced instrumentals and compiled them on a CD. Hoping he could played some of his samples for rapper/producer Jay Z, he went to Roc the Mic studio and waited for Jay Z for three hours. Even though Jay Z dismissed him and his samples, Cole used the ones he got for his debut mixtape called The Come Up. He launched the said mixtape in 2007.
The Warm Up
In 2009, J Cole released his second mixtape The Warm Up. It gained positive reviews and earned him plenty of collaborations with big music stars. This includes Jay Z, the producer who ignored his samples before. Cole made an appearance in “A Star Is Born” track for Jay Z’s album The Blueprint 3. In fact, he signed in with Jay Z’s label Roc Nation.
J. Cole also gained recognition and awards, one of which was “50 Great Breakthrough Artists” featured in the magazine Beyond Race. Aside from collaborations and awards, he went on tours and events such as Rugersfest in Rutgers University. All these initial achievements and opportunities will help establish J Cole net worth and overall success.
Cole World: The Sideline Story
J. Cole worked with many prominent musicians. One of which was Drake and Cole was Drake’s supporting act in Light Dreams and Nightmares UK Tour. Another one was Kendrick Lamar where the two collaborated on the song “HiiiPoWeR” in 2011. Cole also announced that he was working with Jay Z on his debut album. He also made samples for Kanye West in “The New Workout Plan” and Paula Abdul in “Straight Up.”
In 2011, he finally launched his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. As expected, it debut at the top spot in the US Billboard 200 charts and sold over 200,000 copies in just the first week. This third song from the album was “Nobody’s Perfect” and it featured renowned female rapper Missy Elliot. This marked her return to the music industry. Sales of the album continue to rise with over 800,000 copies sold as of December 2016.
Songs that did not make it to the debut album were reserved for J. Cole’s second album Born Sinner. Additionally, he was invited and appeared as supporting act for Tinie Tempah. Not only was Cole nominated but he almost won the Best New Artist in the 2012 Grammy Awards. He initially announced that Born Sinner would be released on January 28 of 2013. However, Cole wanted to refine the album more and decided to move it to June 25. Kanye West revealed that he would release his album on June 18. Because of this, Cole decided to move the release date of Born Sinner as well in order to compete with Kanye. This is his way of saying that, though he can’t compete with Kanye’s celebrity status and genius, he still thinks his album is great and let the listeners be the judge.
J Cole Net Worth and Recent Albums
Cole released his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive on December 19, 2014. It was probably the only album that had little marketing. The singles from the album were Apparently, Love Yourz, No Role Modelz, and Wet Dreamz. The album made it to number on eon the US Billboard 200. In 2015, it won Album of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards and Top Rap Album at the Billboard Music Awards. The album as well as the single “Apparently” were both nominated in the Grammy Awards.
On December 9 of 2016, Cole released his fourth studio album aptly named 4 Your Eyez Only. Singles from the album were “Deja Vu” and “Neighbors.” KOD is Cole’s fifth studio album and is an acronym for Kids on Drugs, King OverDosed and Kill Our Demons. Both albums made it to top spots in the US Billboard charts.
As of 2020, J Cole net worth sits at $35 million.
Inspirational Quotes from J Cole
“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think something’s not good enough, and I won’t stop until I feel like I’ve made it. I’m never satisfied.”
“Never give up until you’ve given out all your very best. It’s better to fail trying, than wondering what could have happened if you tried.”
“Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do.”