Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born in a US Army base hospital in Frankfurt, West Germany, where his father was stationed. He is mix race: his father is African American, and his mother is Caucasian. His mother returned to the United States, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, while his father deserted the family when Jermaine was still very young.
J Cole Net Worth - $18 Million
Birth Name - Jermaine Lamarr Cole [AKA: Blaza, Therapist]
Date of birth - January 28, 1985
Zodiac Sign - Aquarius
Birth Place - Frankfurt, West Germany
Nationality - American
Height - 5′ 11″
Profession - Record producer, Rapper, Music artist, Singer, Songwriter
At the age 12, he developed an interest in rap music, chose the stage name of Therapist, and, by the age of 15, he joined a local group, Boom Sheltuh, featuring other future hip hop celebrities such as Nervous Reck and FithE Rich.
A Different Kind of Hip Hop Artist: While other celebrities on the hip hop scene glorify their bad boy image, which involves dropping out of school, substance abuse, and other forms of criminal activities, J Cole (the stage name he chose when he rose to fame) graduated from St. John’s University in New York with the Magna Cum Laude honors in communication and business.
Growing up in a multi-cultural environment influenced his tastes in music. His rap lyrics tell a story, as inspired by artists J Cole admires: Tupac, Nas and Eminem. The young artist failed to catch the attention of Jay-Z after waiting for hours outside his recording studio, but he did not lose faith in his talent.
In 2007, J Cole launched his first mix-tape, The Come Up, but did not gain too much recognition. The young rapper kept working, and 2 years later, in 2009, his second mix-tape, The Warm Up, was released and received positive reviews. J Cole finally managed to attract Jay-Z’s attention, and was featured on his album The Blueprint 3.
The Rise to Fame: After the release of his third mixtape, Friday Night Lights, J Cole net worth was bankable enough to convince producers to release the artist’s first solo album in 2011. Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted on the first place of the Billboard 200 chart, selling in 218,000 copies during the first week. In December 2011, 3 months after the launch, J Cole’s debut album received its gold certifications for 500,000 copies sold.
The album also benefits from a celebrity duet – Missy Elliot appeared on the track Nobody’s Perfect, giving the public one more reason to expect the artist's net worth to exceed the current value of $18 million.
The second album, Born Sinner, was delayed from the original launching schedule and came out on in 2013. J Cole personally explained the delay stating that he was not happy with the sound of the album and requested more time to perfect it. This may be true, or a good PR stunt to gain more attention, but it worked, especially because the final release date was moved from June 25 to June 18 2013, to coincide with the release of Kanye West’s album Yeezus. By September 2013, Born Sinner had sold 599,000 copies, becoming the second gold record by J Cole.
The artist reminisced about his childhood in the title of his third and current album 2014 Forrest Hills Drive – the address he lived at with his mother. The album has since become certified platinum and has earned J Cole 3 Grammy Awards nominations for 2016.