Born: January 28, 1985, Germany | Successful For: Hip Hop Artist, Producer | Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
3 Keys To Success From J Cole’s Life Story:
J Cole Was Fully Indulged And He Was All Or Nothing From The Start:
J Cole started rapping as a preteen when he was only 12 years old, his inspiration for the art came from a cousin that taught him the skills of rhyming and wordplay. By the time he was only 14, he’d already written hundreds of rhymes, filling notebooks with lyrics. Since Cole was only skilled at lyrics at the time, he had no way of testing his raps on beats. Being supportive of his dream, his mother bought him an 808 beat machine which allowed Cole to take up producing.
At 17, he was putting himself out there under the name “Therapist” on internet forums and sites. Due to good grades, Cole got the opportunity to choose where to go to university, and decided to go to New York City under a scholarship in hopes to be a success story from his passion for music. He believed in his dream so much, that he literally made a t shirt that said “produce for Jay Z, or die trying” (watch the video here). Years later, Jay Z signed him as an artist. Staying focused, and intending exactly what you want is powerful!
J.Cole Understood That The Struggle Is Apart Of The Game, And He Never Gave Up:
J Cole went through various struggles before achieving major fame. When J Cole was in college in New York, his intention was to become a rapper, however he ended up first graduating with a major in Communications, and a minor in Business, broke. Cole states “I struggled with being a broke college graduate, and while all my friends were getting career jobs, I was working horrible part-time jobs. That’s why now, even when I get tired, I think, ‘This is what I asked for.’” Cole states that his landlord believed in his music, and allowed Cole to let the bills pile up unpaid. Cole was so determined to make it in the tough industry, he once stayed outside Jay Z’s office for hours to hand the hip hop mogul a demo tape, but Jay turned it down. Cole never game up, and was eventually signed. “I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.”
J. Cole Kept His Head IN The Clouds And His Feet On The Ground:
J Cole idolized people such as Biggie, and Jay Z, his dreams were as big as theirs, and was inspired to rap like Tupac, Eminem, and Nas, his skill set was modeled after story-tellers. Cole’s passion within music was storytelling, and he believes in his story telling talents more than being “mainstream” this is what allowed him to develop such a loyal fan base. Although his dreams have always been big, his goal has always been to relate his stories to his listeners. His humble, yet ambitious approach is what makes him stand out from the rest. “I don’t live for the accolades. I’m more so about the music. Making it, and putting it out. Those are the two best feelings.”
“I always feel like it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams, making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.” – Quote By J Cole
Some of the unpassionate jobs, J Cole had before he got to do what he loved include a bill collector, a file clerk, and even dressing up as a Kangaroo at times at a skate rink as a mascot. He even contemplated going into computer science in college before deciding to go into communications, he states “I actually started off majoring in computer science, but I knew right away I wasn’t going to stay with it. It was because I had this one professor who was the loneliest, saddest man I’ve ever known. He was a programmer, and I knew that I didn’t want to do whatever he did. So after that, I switched to Communications.”