About J. Cole
J. Cole, full name Jermaine Lamarr Cole, is a German-American hip hop artist and producer from North California. He was the first artist that Jay-Z signed after he found Roc Nation, his private recording, music management and publishing company. After two years spent in the studio his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story was released in autumn 2011. J. Cole net worth is currently estimated at $2.5 million.
Cole was born in Germany to African-American farther and white mother. The family was temporarily staying in Europe, because that’s where Jermaine’s father had to serve as the solder of the US Army. His parents separated when Cole was still a child and the boy stayed with his mother. They both moved to live in North California with his maternal aunt and cousin. Cole began to rap when he was 12 and by the age 15 he was already pretty sure that he is never going to part with music again.
What he did not know, is that music will boost J. Cole net worth to the enviable heights and bring him international fame. Around the same age he started taking guitar lessons from the talented musician Mark Ebert. Cole graduated from Terry Sanford High School with really high marks. He decided to continue his studies in New York, St John’s University, because he realized that his chances at signing a record deal in the Big Apple are far better than in his hometown. He graduated magna cum laude with a major in communication and minor in business.
When Cole was seventeen, he started uploading his songs on various music websites under the nickname the Therapist. When he recorded a beat “On Top of the World” J. took this track and waited 3 hours in front of Jay-Z recording studio just for him to hear it. When the famous rapper finally came out he just walked past J. Cole. Despite all the handicaps, J. did not quit on his dream and released his first mixtape entitled Come Up as soon as he graduated from university. This mixtape received positive evaluations but was not commercially successful and did not add much to the J. Cole net worth. It also did not attract attention of any major recording labels.
Two years later Cole released his 2nd mixtape called The Warm Up. With this record he finally received recognition from Jay –Z and was even invited to appear on his album The Blue Print. Since then J. has performed with a number of first-rate stars, appeared on the most influential magazines and various TV shows. However, it was not until late 2011 that his own album Cole World: The Sideline Story was finished. The album topped Billboard 200 and hit Top R&B Albums chart at No. 1. The sales from this album are responsible for the bigger part of the current J. Cole net worth.