J. Cole

Name: J. Cole ( Jermaine Lamarr Cole )
Born: January 28, 1985
Age: 39 years old
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inches
Occupation: rapper
Relationship Status: married
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  • Horoscope: Aquarius
  • Net worth: $60 000 000
  • Ethnicity: African-American
  • Nationality: American
  • Fathers name: James Cole
  • Mothers name: Kay Cole
  • Education: Terry Sanford High School; St. John's University (New York City)
  • Weight: 84.0
  • Hair color: Dark brown
  • Eye color: Dark brown
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    J. Cole: biography

    J. Cole is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter known for his introspective and socially conscious lyrics.

    Childhood and youth

    J. Cole was born on January 28, 1985, in Frankfurt, Germany, where his father was stationed in the military. He spent much of his childhood moving around due to his father's job, but eventually settled in Fayetteville, North Carolina. There, he developed a passion for hip hop and began rapping as a teenager. Cole attended Terry Sanford High School and later went on to attend St. John's University in New York City, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in communication and business.

    Musical career

    J. Cole's music career began in the mid-2000s, when he started releasing mixtapes under the name "Therapist." He quickly gained a following and caught the attention of Jay-Z, who signed him to his record label, Roc Nation. In 2011, J. Cole released his debut album, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum.

    Following the success of his debut album, J. Cole released "Born Sinner" in 2013, which also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. The album included hit singles such as "Power Trip" and "Crooked Smile," and cemented J. Cole's status as a rising star in the hip hop world.

    In 2014, J. Cole released "2014 Forest Hills Drive," which was inspired by the house he grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The album was a critical and commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and earning J. Cole his first Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. The album featured hit singles such as "No Role Modelz" and "Apparently," and showcased J. Cole's introspective and socially conscious lyricism.

    J. Cole with Bas
    J. Cole with Bas / Instagram

    J. Cole's subsequent albums, "4 Your Eyez Only" and "KOD," continued to explore themes such as poverty, drug addiction, and social injustice. "4 Your Eyez Only" was released in 2016 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, while "KOD" was released in 2018 and also debuted at number one. Both albums received critical acclaim for their thoughtful lyrics and J. Cole's unique storytelling ability.

    In addition to his solo work, J. Cole has collaborated with other artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Jay-Z. He has also founded his own record label, Dreamville Records, which has released albums by artists such as Bas, J.I.D, and Ari Lennox.

    J. Cole is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential rappers of his generation, and his music continues to resonate with fans around the world.

    Basketball career

    Before J. Cole became a successful rapper, he was an aspiring basketball player. He played high school basketball at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was a standout player. J. Cole was known for his quickness, ball-handling skills, and ability to shoot from long range.

    After high school, J. Cole received a scholarship to play basketball at St. John's University in New York City. He played as a walk-on for the team, but only appeared in a few games during his freshman year. Despite his limited playing time, J. Cole continued to work hard on his game and was determined to make an impact on the court.

    However, J. Cole's basketball dreams were cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury during a pick-up game. The injury required surgery, and J. Cole was forced to take a break from basketball to focus on his studies.

    Although J. Cole's basketball career was short-lived, his love for the sport has remained a constant theme in his music. Many of his songs reference basketball and the lessons he learned from the game. In fact, J. Cole has said that if he hadn't pursued a career in music, he would have tried to play professional basketball overseas.

    J. Cole's passion for basketball has also led him to become involved in the sport in other ways. In 2019, he participated in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, where he scored 17 points and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. He has also been involved in several basketball-related projects, including producing the documentary "Out of Omaha," which follows the journey of two high school basketball players in Nebraska.

    Despite not achieving his basketball dreams, J. Cole's love for the sport has helped shape his career as a rapper and has inspired him to use his platform to promote social justice and equality in sports and beyond.

    Personal life

    J. Cole is a private person and keeps much of his personal life out of the public eye. He is married to Melissa Heholt, whom he has been in a long-term relationship with since they met in college. The couple has two children together, a son and a daughter. J. Cole has spoken publicly about his commitment to his family and the challenges of balancing his music career with his responsibilities as a husband and father. He is also known for his philanthropic work, particularly in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he has established a foundation to support education and community development initiatives.



    • 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: Road to Homecoming (2015)
    • Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming (2015)
    • Eyez (2016)
    • J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only (2017)
    • Raising Bertie (2017)
    • Out of Omaha (2018)
    • Dreamville Presents: REVENGE (2019)
    • Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary (2021)

    Awards and nominations


    • MTV Video Music Awards - Best New Artist (2011), Video of the Year (2012), Best Direction (2012)
    • NAACP Image Awards - Outstanding New Artist (2012), Outstanding Album (2015)
    • BET Awards - Best New Artist (2011), Best Male Hip Hop Artist (2014, 2019), Video of the Year (2019)
    • Billboard Music Awards - Top Rap Artist (2015, 2019), Top Streaming Artist (2019)
    • Grammy Awards - Best New Artist (2012), Best Rap Album (2015, 2019), Album of the Year (2019), Best Rap Song (2019)


    • BET Hip Hop Awards - Album of the Year (2014, 2015), Best Live Performer (2015), Impact Track (2019)
    • Billboard Music Awards - Top Rap Album (2015, 2019)
    • Grammy Awards - Best Rap Performance (2014), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (2019)
    • MTV Video Music Awards - Best Hip Hop Video (2013, 2014)
    • Soul Train Music Awards - Best New Artist (2011), Video of the Year (2014), Best Collaboration Performance (2014)

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