Did y’all know that along with having a talent for rapping, J. Cole, aka Jermaine Lamarr Cole, has a college degree? The MC/producer graduated in 2007 from St. John’s University in New York with a degree in communications with a minor in business. J. Cole graduated magna cum laude AND had a 3.8 GPA. The same year he graduated, he released his first mixtape, “The Come Up.” Another tidbit of info–J. Cole also plays the guitar and the violin.
Word has it that J. Cole stood outside Roc the Mic studio for hours waiting to pass a copy of his music to Jay Z, only to be blown off. Fortunately for him, a track on his second mixtape, The Warm Up (2009), did get into the hands of producer and music exec Mark Pitts who played a song for Jay Z. The music mogul liked what he heard and went on to sign J. Cole. The rest, as they say, is Black history. J. Cole’s latest project, Revenge of The Dreamers, and the documentary that followed the making of the music, dropped earlier this month and has been getting lots of buzz.
By Kyla Hubbard, Senior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School