1. He Used to Get Paid to Dress Up Like a Kangaroo

Before striking fame on the hip-hop charts, J Cole had many odd jobs before he found success as a singer. The rapper used to scrape together money working as a newspaper salesman, a bill collector, and a file clerk. After he graduated college at St. John’s University in New York, J Cole moved back home and worked at a skating rink in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He got paid to clean the arena and dress up as the hockey team’s kangaroo mascot every now and then.

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2. He Was Almost a Computer Scientist

Before J Cole really began pursuing his artistic pursuits, he was on track to become a computer scientist. After receiving a large scholarship from St. John’s University for his 4.2 GPA in high school, he was determined to get his degree in computer science. However, J Cole said that seeing how lonely all of the computer science professors were, he decided to drop the degree and pursue business instead. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA, but didn’t receive his diploma until almost 10 years later because he owed money for a lost library book.

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3. He Was Rejected By Jay-Z When He Was 17

His life-long idol, Jay-Z, actually rejected J Cole when he was first trying to make his hip-hop career take off. Like many newbie rappers, he aspired to be on Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation. To get the legend’s attention, J Cole stood outside of the studio building in New York City for four hours just to get a chance to meet him. When Jay-Z finally walked out, J Cole came up and asked if he could show him a few of his beats. After he spit some lyrics, Jay-Z immediately rejected him. However, he reportedly encouraged J Cole to keep rapping.

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4. Biography

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known simply as J. Cole, is a German-American songwriter, producer and recording artist. He was born in a United States Army base in Frankfurt, Germany in January 28, 1985. At the time, the country was still divided between Soviet and western powers, and Frankfurt was in the Allied-controlled western portion of the nation.

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5. Career

At less than a year old, his mother brought him to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he currently resides. His father, a man of African-American descent, departed from the family when he was a baby. Cole attended Terry Sanford High School and graduated in 2003. Motivated by rap figures Canibus and Eminem, Cole began rapping at the tender age of 12. After spending several years developing lyrics and rhymes in his notebook, his mother bought him a beat machine when he was still in high school. He began getting exposure online when he was 17 years old as he uploaded songs to online forums and other websites. So far, he has released four albums that have won him critical acclaim: The Warm Up (2009), Friday Night Lights (2010), Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011) and Born Sinner (2013). As of September 2013, his fourth album sold nearly 600,000 copies in the United States.

6. Estimated Net Worth

J. Cole’s net worth is currently estimated at around $4.5 million. His income comes from the first 10 years of his musical career. Cole has been nominated for dozens of awards between 2011 and 2013, including Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year and Producer of the Year in the BET Hip Hop Awards. He’s also received nominations in various categories in the World Music Awards and Soul Train Music Awards. His “Power Trip” featuring Miguel was in the running for the Best Hip-Hop Video in 2013.

How much is J. Cole’s Net Worth? $4.5 Million!

Video Transcript:

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known primarily as J. Cole, is an American rapper, songwriter and music producer. J. Cole was born on January 28, 1985 on an American military base in Frankfurt, West Germany. At a young age he moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina and spent most of his youth living there.

J. Cole released his first mixtape, The Come Up, in 2007. After receiving positive attention from this release, he was signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label. He followed The Come Up with two more mixtapes and finally released his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. Cole World debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and spawned three hit singles. Cole has since released two studio albums, Born Sinner and 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which have both premiered at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold more copies in their debut week than their predecessor. J. Cole has been nominated for several BET Awards, American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

J. Cole’s estimated net worth is $8 million. Some of this can be attributed to his string of successful singles and albums, but he has also been able to make a large amount of income from his well-attended concerts and tours.

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