Jermaine Lamarr Cole famous by his stage name J. Cole is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer. He is among the most commercially successful rap artists of the early 2010’s. He is best known for being the first artist to be signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation in 2009. He became the first rapper to go platinum in 25 years without features.
J. Cole Biography and Family:
Cole was born on January 28, 1985, at one USA Army base in Frankfurt, West Germany and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole grew up in a multi-ethnic environment. His father was a former African-American soldier for the U.S. Army, and his mother was of German descent and worked for the US Postal Service. His father left them when Cole was still young. Cole married his long-time girlfriend, Melissa Heholt in 2015. Ms. Heholt was his classmate from St John’s University. The couple had their first child, a baby daughter in early 2016.
Education: Cole graduated from High School in 2003. Then he chose to attend St. John’s University, New York on an academic scholarship. There, he was initially majoring in Computer Science but later switched to communication and business and earned Magna Cum Laude honor in graduation in 2007.
J. Cole Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $20 Million US Dollars
J Cole is worth an estimated of $20 million US dollars as of 2017. Most of his wealth comes from the sales of his albums and the occasional tours and stage performances. Some of his highest selling albums are-
Cole World: The Sideline Story – $ 855,000
Born Sinner – $796,000
2014 Forest Hills Drive – $1,240,000
4 Your Eyez Only – $ 445,722
J. Cole Assets
The most famous rapper owns many luxurious cars like Range Rover, Bugatti Veyron, and Ferrari.
Cole owns a house in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
J. Cole Business Model
Apart from singing career Cole also acts a role as a producer, producing singles for artists. J Cole was Named Highest-Paid Rapper Of 2015. According to Forbes, Cole earned an estimated $11 million in 2015. He has an endorsement deal with the prestigious brand Bally and the rapper promote boots and bags individually. From his Endorsements and Sponsorship, the rapper earns about $209,150. He has also developed other ventures, including Dreamville Records and it released nine albums till now. J. Cole is a minor shareholder of music streaming service Tidal.
Cole established The Dreamville Foundation in 2011. The goal of this foundation is to help the youth who have a dream to do something large.
He gained a passion for rapping at a young age, becoming serious about it at the age of 15. In his teen years, he was associated with a local rap group called Bomm Sheltuh. He began posting songs on various internet forums under the moniker “Therapist” in his young age.
Cole first received a huge fan recognition in 2007, following the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up. After the release of his first mixtape, Cole signed a contract with American rapper Jay-Z in 2009.
He released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. His most successful studio albums and mixtapes are-
1. Born Sinner
2. Forest Hills Drive
3. The Warm Up
4. Friday Night Lights
5. Revenge of the Dreamers
His third album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ were reached Platinum Status and awarded as Album of the Year in 2015. Cole has received two BET Hip-Hop Awards, one Billboard Music Award and has been nominated for some other prestigious awards including Grammy.
In 2016 Cole’s Studio Raided by SWAT team, after his neighbors reportedly told authorities that drugs were being made/sold in the building but it was just a misinterpretation.
Cole’s approach to rapping is unconventional. He bends words uniquely in his rhymes. He still tells a story through his lyrics. His songs are unique as the rhythm is sometimes seemed you haven’t heard before. J Cole relates to a lot of music artists who dream one day to make it big. His hit single, “Dollar and a Dream” is an obvious example of his struggle and persistence.