J. Cole Net Worth
Who is J. Cole?
J. Cole is an American hip hop recording artist and producer, who has made a name for himself after signing to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. Although he is well known for the creation of his music as a rapper, he has produced music with other well known artists, such as Janet Jackson and Kendrick Lamar. With the accomplishment of teaching himself how to play the piano, J. Cole has also started his own record label, called, Dreamville Records. He even founded a non-profit foundation, Dreamville Foundation, which is a foundation that creates opportunities for success for the urban youth in the Fayetteville, North Carolina. J. Cole has followed his dream as a rapper, but he has also followed his dream of giving back to the community and helping children achieve their goals and dreams. The estimated net worth of J. Cole is $15 million.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known as, J. Cole, was born on January 28, 1985 in Frankfurt, Germany, at a U.S. Army base. J. Cole had the unfortunate time in his life of not having his father, after he left his mother. His father, who was an African American father, left his white German postal worker mother, and after moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina, she struggled to make ends meet for J. Cole and his brother Zach. However, his mother met, his stepfather, who moved them to a better neighborhood to a house where J. Cole stayed in the house, until he was ready to go to college. During this time, his mother and stepfather’s marriage fell apart and his brother started being abused by his stepfather. After his stepfather left, their house was foreclosed on and his mother became addicted to crack that was introduced to her by a boyfriend. Cole found love for music at an early age and joined the Terry Sanford Orchestra as a violinist. His cousin inspired him to rap when he was 12 years old, while he was visiting Cole from Louisiana. Around this time, he also taught himself how to rap and produce music and used “Blaza,” and then “Therapist,” as his rap names. To keep his love of music going, he joined a local music group, called, Bomm Sheltuh. J. Cole work several part-time jobs as a teenager while he was in high school and at the same time, he had even worked as a mascot at an ice hockey rink. Once he graduated from high school in New York, he attended St. John’s University and received a degree in communications, Magna Cum Laude. The core of J. Cole’s upbringing made him who he is today.
Before J. Cole made his debut as a well known rapper, he worked as a bill collector. He released his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in 2007. With his rap about everything from college days to struggling to make ends meet, he was led to release his next album in 2009, The Warm Up. After the release this lyrically sharp mixtape, he released, Friday Night Lights, a mixtape that featured Drake on his song, “In the Morning.” With these mixtapes behind him, he was inspired to sign with Jay Z, which led to him standing outside of Jay Z’s studio for three hours. Unfortunately, Jay Z did not sign him, but only after listening to hearing the song “Lights Please,” two years later, did Jay Z find interest in the music that J. Cole made. He then asked J. Cole if he wanted to sign to his label, Roc Nation and signing J. Cole, Jay Z showcased him the song, “A Star is Born,” on his album Blueprint 3. In 2011, Cole released his album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. After releasing the album that chronicled his life, he released his third album, titled, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, in 2014. His most successful album came in 2016, when he released 4 Your Eyes Only, and it debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 charts. Since the start of his career he has continued to grow as an artist and as someone who has real humility.
The hard work of J. Cole has paid off greatly over the years. For his hard work and dedication to his love of music, he has received six rewards and many nominations since his world debut in 2011. In 2011, he won the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Mixtape, for Friday Night Lights. However, 2015, was a very good year for J. Cole, because he finally got to see his hard work truly pay off. He won four awards, with two of them being BET awards. One of the BET awards was for the Hip Hop Award for Best Hot Ticket Performer and the other one was for Hip Hop Award for Best Album of the Year. In 2015, J. Cole also won a YouTube Music Award as well as a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album, for 2014 Forest Hills Drive. In 2016, his song “Crooked Smile,” won a BET award for Hip Hop Award for Best Impact Track.
Net Worth of J. Cole
Over the years, J. Cole has given the world a view of how much of a struggle life was for him in albums about his life. His songs were meant to relate to fans and at the same time, show music lovers where hard work could take them. Even before he made his great debut in 2011, Beyond Race magazine, chose him as one of the 50 great break through artists in 2010. The very next year he showed why he was put on that list, with the release of his mixtape, Friday Night Lights. J. Cole’s net worth is $15 million. He owes his success to his hard work as never stopping the grind of being a successful rapper, but most of all to his known worldwide rap career as well as his collaborations with other entertainers. However, even with his busy schedule of releasing albums and appearing on the albums of other entertainers, he found time to release, the mixtape, Revenge of the Dreamers. J. Cole is a rapper, who has not backed down from delivering great music as well as showing his love and dedication to why chose to get into the entertainment business.
With his career over shadowing his personal life, J. Cole just recently admitted that he was married with a daughter. He met his wife, Melissa Heholt in college, and soon after they began dating. J. Cole is a very private family man, who has worked to make a better life for his family. He has even dedicated his private time to starting his own record label and foundation. Dreamville Records, are for the entertainers who dream to be in the music industry and Dreamville Foundation, was created to improve the living standards of youths who live in the ghetto. J. Cole is a man who has taken it personal to try to help those less fortunate than him as much as possible.
J. Cole has been a great inspiration for people around the world. He has shown those who are at a financial disadvantage that they can achieve their dreams as well as shown them that giving back to their community is important. He is not just an entertainer, he is someone who has come up through the hardest struggles and has learned how to tell his story.
J. Cole Bio Info
Born: 28 January 1985 (age 33 years), Frankfurt, Germany
Height: 1.88 m
Full name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole
Spouse: Melissa Heholt
Mixtapes: Friday Night Lights, The Warm Up, The Come Up, Revenge of the Dreamers II
Studio Albums: Cole World: The Sideline Story, Born Sinner, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 4 Your Eyez Only, KOD
J. Cole Quotes
- I’m here to spread a message of hope. Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do. – J. Cole
- If I was to go to sleep before midnight, I would feel weird about myself, like I wasted a day. My most productive hours are between midnight and five. – J. Cole
- I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds. – J. Cole
- You can’t reverse fame. You can lose all the money, but you’ll never lose people knowing you. – J. Cole
- I feel like this: Whatever is in your path and in your heart, you need to do. – J. Cole
J. Cole Videos on YouTube
Here’s J Cole on the YouTube series After They Were Famous. Find out the rest of the story about his life and career before fame through this video.