Jermaine Lamarr Cole known professionally as J. Cole, is a famous American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and professional basketball player from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is also known by his stage names, which include “Therapist,” “Hollywood Cole,” and “Kill Edward.” J. Cole, is a Grammy-nominated rapper, singer and producer from Fayetteville, NC. In 2009, he became the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. J. Cole is best known for his five consecutive number one studio albums, Born Sinner (2013), 2014, Forest Hills Drive (2014), 4 Your Eyez Only (2016), and KOD (2018).
From 1999–2008, Cole and his cousin worked on developing their basic understanding of rhyming and wordplay. after becoming musically inspired by Canibus, Nas, Tupac and Eminem. At the age of 14, Cole had various notebooks filled with song ideas. His mother also supported him, she purchased him the Roland TR-808 drum machine in order to further Cole’s understanding of production. Later on, he began posting songs on various internet forums under the moniker Blaza, but later switched to the name Therapist.
Cole released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He continued through the Grammy-nominated 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014) and KOD (2018), which has also gone platinum. He is known as one of the very few artists to never miss the platinum standard of the Recording Industry Association of America. He has founded the Dreamville Foundation for social work and Dreamville Records does the job of promoting fresh talent hailing from humble beginnings.
J. Cole was born on a military base in Germany on January 28, 1985 and was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His father is an African American veteran who served in the U.S. Army, and his mother, Kay, is a European American who was a postal worker for the United States Postal Service. When J. Cole was eight months old, his mother along with his brother Zach, moved to the United States, to Fayetteville, North Carolina, after his father left the house at a young age. J. Cole had completed his primary education at Terry Sanford High School. During his youth, Cole expressed an affinity for basketball and music, and he served as a first-chair violinist for the Terry Sanford Orchestra until 2003.
After completing his high school education with a 4.2 GPA, Cole decided that his chances of securing a recording contract would be better in New York City, so he moved there and accepted a scholarship to St. John’s University. Initially majoring in computer science, Cole later switched to communication and business after witnessing the life of a lonely computer science professor. In his college days, Cole was the president of Haraya, a pan-African student coalition. He completed his graduation in 2007, with a 3.8 GPA. Cole later worked in various part-time jobs in Fayetteville, including as a working ad salesman for a newspaper, a bill collector, a file clerk, and a kangaroo mascot at a skate rink.
|Name||Jermaine Lamarr Cole|
|Nick Name||J. Cole|
|Profession||Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer|
|Date of Birth||28 January 1985|
|Age||35 years old|
|Birth Place||Frankfurt, Hesse, West Germany|
|Hometown||Fayetteville, North Carolina|
|School||Terry Sanford High School|
|Collage||St. Johns University (BS)|
|Debut||2011– Cole World: The Sideline Story|
J. Cole Career
- Cole was born on January 28, 1985, at an American military base in Frankfurt, West Germany.
- Cole began rapping at the age of twelve and saw it as an ideal profession in 2000.
- He was musically inspired by Canibus, Nas, Tupac, and Eminem.
- J. Cole’s career started at a very young age when he and his cousin started to learn the basic tricks and nuances of music production on their own. His mother gave him an ASR-X musical sampler as a Christmas gift.
- In the same year, Cole started to collaborate with the local group Bomm Sheltuh, rapping and producing as a member of the group.
- In the crowd of the 2006 documentary, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Cole was first seen in the crowd.
- By the age of 14, Cole had various notebooks filled with song ideas, but was unable to produce beats further than sampling.
- At the age of 14, his mother once again purchased him the Roland TR-808 drum machine in order to further Cole’s understanding of production.
- Cole had already released his first mixtape, “The Come Up,” in the hope of getting noticed, but got disappointment instead. Cole waited for over three hours before being dismissed by Jay Z.
- On June 15, 2009, J. Cole released his second mixtape, The Warm Up. The album got positive reviews from the public.
- In the same year, Cole appeared on Jay Z’s album The Blueprint 3 (2009), on the track “A Star Is Born.”
- In addition, Cole made appearances in albums such as Attention Deficit (2009) and Mixtape Back to the Feature (2009) in 2009.
- In January 2010, Cole, along with label mate Jay Electronica and Mos Def, appeared on Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek’s single, “Just Begun,” for the follow-up to Reflection Eternal’s album Train of Thought (2000), titled Revolutions Per Minute (2010).
- In the following year, he also appeared on B.o.B’s mixtape May 25 (2010).
- In early 2010, Cole was chosen as one of Beyond Race magazine’s “50 Great Breakthrough Artists.”
- Cole began a college tour from March 19, 2010 to April 30, 2010, concluding in New Brunswick, NJ, at Rutgers University’s annual Rutgersfest.
- On March 31, he performed a new song titled “Who Dat” and released the song as a single on April 30, 2010.
- On June 15, 2010, Cole released a freestyle entitled “The Last Stretch” to celebrate the anniversary of the release of The Warm Up mixtape.
- On October 30, 2010, a demo titled “I’m Coming Home” was leaked onto the internet.
- Cole recorded the song as a reference track for Diddy, which later became “Coming Home” off of Last Train to Paris (2010).
- On November 12, 2010, J. Cole released his third official mixtape, titled Friday Night Lights.
- On May 22, 2011, Cole released a song entitled “Return of Simba.”
- On July 31, Cole took to Twitter to announce “Any Given Sunday,” reminiscent of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Fridays, a weekly free music giveaway.
- On February 24, 2012, Cole reached two million followers on Twitter and celebrated by releasing the song “Grew Up Fast.”
- On November 5, Cole revealed the title of his second album, Born Sinner, as well as a scheduled release date of January 28, 2013, via Ustream.
- On August 15, 2014, Cole released “Be Free” in response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
- On July 29, 2016, DJ Khaled released his ninth studio album,  Major Key.
- On December 9, 2016, Cole’s fourth album, titled “4 Your Eyez Only,” was released.
- On December 2, 2016, Cole released a 40-minute documentary titled “Eyez” on Tidal.
- On January 16, 2017, Cole surprisingly released a track titled, “High for Hours” via his SoundCloud.
- On March 24, 2017, HBO announced a documentary titled, “J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only.” The film aired on April 15, 2017.
- On April 16, 2018, J. Cole announced a surprise free event for fans at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
- On August 7, 2018, Cole released a single titled, “Album of the Year (Freestyle).”
- On June 16, 2020, J. Cole released his first song of 2020, “Snow on the Bluff.”
- On September 21, 2021, J. Cole released a freestyle titled “Heaven’s EP”, remixing the beat of “Pipe Down” from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy.
J. Cole Studio albums
- Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)
- Born Sinner (2013)
- 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)
- 4 Your Eyez Only (2016)
- KOD (2018)
- The Off-Season (2021)
- The Fall Off (TBA)
J. Cole Concert tours
|Headlining||Cole World… World Tour (2011)|
What Dreams May Come Tour (2013–14)
Dollar & A Dream Tour (2013)
Dollar & A Dream Tour 2014: The Warm Up (2014)
Forest Hills Drive Tour (2015)
Dollar & A Dream Tour III: Friday Night Lights (2015)
4 Your Eyez Only World Tour (2017)
KOD Tour (2018)
The Campus Consciousness Tour (with Big K.R.I.T.) (2012)
Revenge of the Dreamers NYC Crawl (with Dreamville) (2015)
The Off-Season Tour (with 21 Savage) (2021)
Jay-Z Fall Tour (Jay Z) (2009)
Attention Deficit Tour (Wale) (2009)
Loud Tour (Rihanna) (2011)
Club Paradise Tour (Drake) (2012)
Rapture Tour (Eminem) (2014)
J. Cole Filmography
|2015||J. Cole: Road to Homecoming|
Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming
|2017||J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only|
|2018||Out of Omaha|
|2019||Dreamville Presents: REVENGE|
|2021||Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary|
J. Cole Family
J. Cole was born on 28 January 1985 at an American military base in Frankfurt, West Germany. His mother name is Kay and her father’s name is not known, his father is an African American veteran, who served in the U.S. Army. He was raised by his single mother alongside his older brother Zach in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
|Mother Name||Kay Cole|
|Wife||Melissa Heholt (m. 2015)|
J. Cole Relationship / Martial Status & Many More
In a January 2016 interview with director Ryan Coogler, Cole revealed that he was married. He married his longtime girlfriend Melissa Heholt, who met Cole while they were students at St. John’s University, is the Executive Director of the Dreamville Foundation. On July 20, 2020, Cole revealed he has two children
|Affairs / Girlfriend||Melissa Heholt (m. 2015)|
|Wife/ Spouse||Melissa Heholt (m. 2015)|
|Children||2 Children (Name no Known)|
J. Cole Physical Stats
|Height||In Centimeter – 165 cm|
In Meter – 1.65 m
In feet & inches – 5’5
|Weight||In Kilogram- 54 Kg|
In Pounds – 119lbs
J. Cole Favourite
|Favourite Color||Red, White, Orange|
J. Cole Education
|School||Terry Sanford High School|
|Collage||St. Johns University (BS)|
J. Cole Net Worth
|Net Worth||$ 6 Million Doller|