J. Cole Net Worth
J. Cole Net Worth: $5,000,000
Sources: Roc Nation, Columbia Records
J. Cole is a rapper and producer with a net worth of $5 million. Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1985, and raised in North Carolina, Cole made a name for himself in 2009 when he became the first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label.
Cole started rapping when he was 12 years old, and was inspired by artists like Tupac Shakur and Jay-Z from an early age. After graduating high school, he moved to New York in hopes of obtaining a record deal. This desire for success drove Cole to stand outside of Jay-Z’s New York City office in hopes of giving the legendary rapper his demo. When the two finally did meet, Jay-Z was not impressed, and basically ignored Cole. The Roc Nation CEO must have listened to the demo, however, because a few weeks later Cole got a call from Jay-Z asking him to record on Jay-Z’s 2009 album “The Blueprint 3.” This began a strong relationship between the two rappers, which led to Cole’s signing to Roc Nation in 2009.
Cole World: The Sideline Story
Soon, Cole began to collaborate with artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Big Sean, and Meek Mill. His Roc Nation debut, “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” came out in 2011, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 218,000 copies in its first week. It featured appearances from hip-hop stars Trey Songz, Drake, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliott.
In 2012, Cole earned a nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. That year, he also began to work on his second full-length album, which he eventually released on June 18th, 2013. The album, “Born Sinner,” featured guest appearances from rappers like Miguel, TLC, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar. The album earned positive critical reviews, and features hit singles like “Power Trip” and “Crooked Smile.”
Let Nas Down
Another standout from “Born Sinner” is the song “Let Nas Down,” in which Cole reflects on being turned down by his idol Nas for a guest verse because Nas felt that some of Cole’s music was too radio-driven. Nas, however, wouldn’t let Cole get down on himself, and decided to set the record straight. He responded by remixing the song and adding a verse of his own. In it, he raps: “So you ain’t let Nas down / It’s just part of the game, becoming a rap king, my n— / You ain’t let Nas down / How that sound? / Here the crown, pass it to you like nothin’ n— / You ain’t let Nas down.”
How’s that for an endorsement from one of hip-hop’s greatest living legends?