KEY POINTS

  • J. Cole's net worth is $60 million
  • He earned $35.5M in 2018
  • "KOD" has been streamed more than 2 billion times since its release

J. Cole’s net worth is $60 million. The American hip hop superstar is one of the highest paid rappers in the world.

Born Jermaine Lamarr Cole, the music artist started his fascination in rhymes at an early age. When he reached 17 years old, J. Cole began putting up his own creations on various music platforms. Aside from his penchant for rapping, J. Cole showed exceptional academic excellence that earned him a scholarship to St. John's University, per Celebrity Net Worth

The Frankfurt, West Germany native’s rise to stardom was fast tracked after he was signed by Roc Nation, which is owned by music mogul Jay-Z. His debut mixtape "The Come Up" earned critical acclaim. He then followed it up with "The Warm Up" and "Friday Night Lights." In 2011, J. Cole released his debut album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” which went on to top the Billboard 200, U.S. Rap, and U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

Drake helped in the rapper’s success as he toured with him and made J. Cole his supporting act. The two have since been collaborating and producing songs such as “In the Morning” and “Jodeci Freestyle,” and they have appeared as surprise guests at each other’s concerts.

Not only is the hitmaker popular among fans, he also has the hardware to back it up. The songwriter won a Grammy for Best Rap Song in 2020 and Billboard Music Award Top Rap Album for “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” J. Cole also has several BET Hip Hop Awards in his trophy case. 

As someone who openly admits being influenced by Tupac Shakur, the 35-year-old’s lyrics often involve activism and tackling racism. However, he made headlines recently as the lyrics to his new song, “Snow On Tha Bluff” have been called out by critics and fellow rappers. The song allegedly addressed fellow artist Noname after she  tweeted that there was a lack of response from top-selling rappers over the killing of black people such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Aside from releasing albums and touring, J. Cole is also making money as a producer. He started his own record label called Dreamville Records in 2007. Some of the artists he helped produced in the past were Janet Jackson and Kendrick Lamar.