J. Cole Biography: Age, Wife, Net Worth, Songs, Parents, Brother, Albums, Lyrics, Kids

August 30, 2023 0 Posted By Abigail Anderson


J. Cole (born January 28, 1985), whose real name is Jermaine Lamarr Cole, is a talented artist renowned as a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. 

J. Cole‘s music fascinates listeners with its introspective lyrics and irresistible storytelling. 

Throughout his career, J. Cole has dropped six remarkable studio albums that received high praise from critics. In recognition of his exceptional talent, J. Cole has been honored with two prestigious Grammy Awards and several other accolades.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole
Stage Name: J. Cole
Born: 28 January 1985 (age 39 years old)
Place of Birth: Frankfurt, Germany
Nationality: American
Education: St. John’s University
Height: 1.88 m
Parents: Kay Cole
Siblings: Zach Cole
Spouse: Melissa Heholt (m. 2015)
Girlfriend • Partner: Amber Rose, Chinese Kitty
Children: Ibrahim Cole, Nina Cole
Occupation: Rappers • Record Producer
Net Worth: $60 million

Early Life & Education

J. Cole, the American rap prodigy, was born on January 28, 1985, in Frankfurt, West Germany. His life’s narrative was woven from the threads of an African-American father, Mr. Cole, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a European-American mother, Kay Cole, who worked diligently for the United States Postal Service.

Growing up alongside his siblings, including his brother Zach ColeJ. Cole earned an impressive 4.2 GPA at Terry Sanford High School in North Carolina. 

J. Cole later ventured to New York City and graduated magna cum laude in communications from St. John’s University in 2007. He also led Haraya, a group of pan-African students, at the university.


J. Cole, the rap star, burst onto the scene with his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in 2007. From there, his star only ascended, with mixtapes like The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights adding to his sonic tapestry. In 2011, the Cole World: The Sideline Story album marked a significant milestone, his alliance with Roc Nation affirming his place in the industry’s realm.

Subsequent chapters unfolded in the form of albums: Born Sinner, 2014 Forest Hills Drive4 Your Eyez OnlyKOD, and The Off-Season. These records, along with a medley of mixtapes, singles, and EPs, showcase J. Cole‘s artistic versatility.

Beyond the microphone, J. Cole‘s production prowess shines as he collaborates with stars like Kendrick LamarJanet Jackson, and Big Sean. His creative spectrum expanded further with Dreamville Records, nurturing talents like Bas, Omen, and JID.

Awards adorn his journey – Grammy nominations, BET Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Soul Train Music Awards. J. Cole‘s philanthropic rhythm pulses with generous contributions to numerous causes.

Recent harmonies find J. Cole and Burna Boy uniting, their voices interweaving in Burna Boy‘s album “I Told Them…“. The track “Thanks” resonates with a verse where J. Cole likens their synergy to the legendary duo of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

J. Cole was also pivotal in the song “All My Life.” “All My Life” is a collaborative track featuring Lil Durk and artist J. Cole. This musical piece was released as the lead single from Lil Durk‘s eighth studio album, Almost Healed, on May 12, 2023. The song’s creation involved the talents of Lil DurkJ. ColeRocco Did It Again!Ryan OgrenLunchMoney LewisTheron Thomas of R. City, and producer Dr. Luke.

Awards & Nominations

Soul Train Music Awards

  • Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2014) for “No Role Modelz”
  • Best Hip-Hop Album of the Year (2015) for 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2018) for “Middle Child”

BET Hip Hop Awards

  • Best New Hip-Hop Artist (2012)
  • Best Hip-Hop Video (2013) for “Work Out”
  • Best Hip-Hop Collaboration (2014) for “No Role Modelz” featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • Best Hip-Hop Album (2015) for 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • Best Hip-Hop Song (2016) for “Apparently”
  • Best Hip-Hop Video (2016) for “Everybody Dies”
  • Best Hip-Hop Collaboration (2018) for “Middle Child” featuring Lil Pump
  • Best Hip-Hop Song (2020) for “A Lot” featuring 21 Savage

Grammy Awards

  • Grammy Award for Best Rap Song (2019) for “A Lot” featuring 21 Savage
  • Best New Artist (2012)
  • Best Rap Album (2014) for Born Sinner
  • Best Rap Song (2015) for “No Role Modelz”
  • Best Rap Album (2016) for 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • Best Rap Song (2017) for “Everybody Dies”
  • Best Rap Album (2018) for KOD
  • Best Rap Song (2019) for “Middle Child”
  • Best Rap Album (2020) for Revenge of the Dreamers III
  • Best Rap Song (2022) for “My Life”

BET Awards

  • Best Male Hip-Hop Artist (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022, 2023)
  • Best Hip-Hop Video (2014) for “No Role Modelz”
  • Best Collaboration (2016) for “Apparently” featuring Jhene Aiko
  • Best Collaboration (2018) for “Middle Child” featuring Lil Pump

Billboard Music Awards

  • Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album (2019) for KOD
  • Top Rap Artist (2018)
  • Top Rap Album (2018) for KOD
  • Top Rap Song (2018) for “Middle Child”

Social Media

  • Twitter: @JColeNC 
  • Instagram: @realcoleworld

Personal Life

J. Cole, the 39-year-old acclaimed artist, achieved notoriety not only for his remarkable talent but also for his personal life. He met his wife, Melissa Heholt, as a St. John’s University student. They are happily married. J. Cole has a son named Ibrahim Cole, born in 2016, and a daughter named Nina Cole, born in 2021.

While J. Cole has remained dedicated to his marriage, he has previously been linked to other women, including a romance with Amber Rose and an encounter with Chinese Kitty


  • 2009 Who Dat
  • 2010 Lights Please
  • 2011 Can’t Get Enough
  • 2011 Work Out
  • 2013 Power Trip
  • 2013 No Role Modelz
  • 2014 Love Yourz
  • 2014 Apparently
  • 2015 Wet Dreamz
  • 2016 Everybody Dies
  • 2016 False Prophets
  • 2016 Deja Vu
  • 2018 KOD
  • 2018 ATM
  • 2019 Middle Child
  • 2021 My Life
  • 2021 Close
  • 2021 The Climb Back
  • 2021 100 Mil
  • Filmography
  • J. Cole: Road to Homecoming
  • Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming
  • Eyez
  • J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only
  • Raising Bertie
  • Out of Omaha
  • Dreamville Presents: REVENGE
  • Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary

Net Worth

J. Cole‘s accumulated net worth is approximately $60 million, making him one of the most financially successful rappers globally. His substantial wealth is derived from multiple avenues, including album and single sales revenue, lucrative concert tours, and brand endorsements. 

Through these diverse income streams, J. Cole has established himself as a talented artist and a highly prosperous entrepreneur within the music industry.

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