J. Cole – American singer, songwriter, producer
Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born on 29 January 1985 on the USA military base in Frankfurt, Germany. His father served in the U.S. Army. Shortly after Jermaine’s birth, his parents divorced. With his mother and brother, Cole moved to Fayetteville, South Caroline. The future star’s mother worked at the postal service to support the children.
Cole loved music since childhood. It was his second hobby after basketball. But eventually, the boy chose music. He started writing lyrics at 12. Jermaine’s mother approved of his hobby and bought him a music sampler for Christmas. At that time, the young rapper created songs under the pseudonym Therapist. Later, he joined the local group Bomm Sheltuh. Cole practiced his vocal skills and worked as a duo’s producer.
After graduating high school, Cole enrolled in St. John’s University in New York, where he studied business and communications. While in the university, Cole was an active member of the student community. He performed at the school concerts and was the head of the pan-African student coalition. Eight years after he graduated, Cole came back to the university to return a library fee and officially get a diploma.