J Cole

J Cole


J Cole is an American rapper, singer and producer from Germany. He is widely known for his highly creative and thought-provoking lyrics, as well as his versatility as an artist. His music is often praised for its storytelling, realism and insight into the human experience.

Full Name
Jermaine Lamarr Cole
Jan 28, 1985
6' 3"
Net Worth


Jermaine Lamar Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, was born on January 28, 1985 in Frankfurt, Germany. His father, a former soldier and drill sergeant in the United States Army, was stationed there at the time of his birth. When he was 8 years old his family moved back to Fayetteville, North Carolina where he grew up. He first developed an interest in hip-hop music while attending Terry Sanford High School and started rapping when he was 12 years old.

In 2007, J. Cole received a basketball scholarship to St. John's University in New York City but later chose to transfer to the New School after two years due to lack of interest in college life. While at the New School he began working with a producer named Jay-Z and soon after released his debut mix tape “The Come Up” which garnered him much attention from local hip hop fans and industry professionals alike. In 2009 he signed with Jay-Z's label Roc Nation and released his second mixtape “The Warm Up” in 2010.

His debut studio album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” was released in 2011 and debuted at number one on US Billboard 200 selling over 200,000 copies its first week. Since then J Cole has released 3 additional albums all of which have been critically acclaimed and certified platinum or gold by RIAA. He has also collaborated with various other artists such as Drake, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar among others throughout his career garnering multiple Grammy nominations along the way including 1 win for Best Rap Album for 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014).

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">J Cole is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 28th, 1985, Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born in Frankfurt, Germany.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to the US</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">J Cole moves with his family to Fayetteville, North Carolina.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Debut Mixtape</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his debut mixtape The Come Up to much critical acclaim.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs With Roc Nation</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Signs a record deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation label.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Debut Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story which peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Nomination </h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album for his album Born Sinner.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases KOD Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his fifth studio album KOD which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> His lyrics are inspiring</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">J Cole is known for his inspiring and thought-provoking lyrics. He speaks from the heart and touches on topics such as race, identity, and success while also using his music to spread positivity and love.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> His production is top notch</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">J Cole's production is second to none. From classic beats to more modern samples, J Cole always finds a way to make his productions stand out and create a unique soundscape.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His live shows are amazing</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">J Cole knows how to put on a show. Whether it’s an intimate venue or a packed arena, J Cole brings energy and passion to every show. He often engages with the crowd, making sure everyone has an unforgettable experience.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Rapper to Go Platinum With No Features</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2014, J. Cole became the first rapper to go platinum with no features on his album "2014 Forest Hills Drive".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Born in Germany</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">J. Cole was born in Frankfurt, Germany while his father was stationed there in the military. He grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Graduated from St. John’s University</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">J. Cole graduated magna cum laude from St. John's University in 2007 with a degree in communications and business.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Signed With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">J. Cole signed with Jay-Z's record label, Roc Nation, becoming the label's first signing after signing a deal in 2009.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Produced His Own Albums</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">J. Cole has produced all of his own albums since 2011's "Cole World: The Sideline Story". He also co-produced Kendrick Lamar's 2017 album "DAMN.".</p></div>


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