J. Cole Biography
J. Cole is a rapper and producer who has achieved success in the early 2010s. Since signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, he has toured worldwide, sold huge amounts of records, produced for Kendrick Lamar and even come to the attention of Barack Obama. Along with establishing his own nonprofit foundation, he keeps up a busy release schedule. No wonder Drake paid him the highest compliment: “You are looking at one of the smartest, greatest, most legendary artists of our generation.”
Jermaine Lamarr Cole
January 28, 1985
Frankfurt, Hesse, West Germany
|Education||Terry Sanford High School|
|Alma mater||St. Johns University (BS)|
|Origin||Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.|
J. Cole Early Life
Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born on January 28, 1985, at a U.S. Army base in Frankfurt, then in West Germany. His father, an African American soldier, left his mother, a white German postal worker, when Cole was a baby. She moved with him and his older brother, Zach, to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where the family lived in trailer parks as she struggled to make ends meet.
His mom eventually remarried – Cole’s stepfather was also in the Army – and the family relocated to a nicer home. However, the marriage crumbled and the family lost the house as Cole was about to leave for college. His stepfather had become abusive, particularly toward Zach; after the marriage ended, Cole’s mother became addicted to crack under the influence of a new boyfriend.
Career: In 2007, Cole received recognition after the release of his debut mixtape “The Come Up”. Shortly after the release, Cole was contacted by American rapper Jay-Z and signed to his record label Roc Nation. In 2009, Cole released his second mixtape, “The Warm Up”, which was itself followed by Cole’s third mixtape, “Friday Night Lights”, in 2010. In 2011, Cole toured with Drake as a supporting act. He released his debut studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011 and the album reached #1 on the Billboard 200, US Rap, and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts. It was quickly certified platinum. His second album Born Sinner was released in 2013 and also reached #1 on all three of those charts. Cole’s album 2014 Forest Hills Drive was released in 2014 and also reached #1 on the Billboard 200, US Rap, and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Both Born Sinner and Forest Hills Drive were certified platinum, and the latter garnered him his first Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. His 2016 album 4 Your Eyez Only also reached #1 on all of those charts as well as #1 in Canada and was quickly certified platinum. Cole released his fifth album, KOD, in 2018, which debuted at the top of Billboard 200, making it his fifth No. 1 album. On January 26, 2020, J. Cole won his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Song for his collaboration with 21 Savage on the song “A Lot”.
J. Cole Net Worth
J. Cole Net Worth: J. Cole is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer who has a net worth of $60 million. J. Cole was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation. He is consistently one of the highest-paid rappers in the world. In a typical year he earns $30 million.