J. Cole has solidified himself as major talent in the hip-hop game. He’s come a long way in the course of five years and his trajectory is only on the up. Find out how much Cole is worth these days after the successful release of his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
In 2011, J. Cole told NPR that after he graduated from St. John’s University in New York, he set out to pursue his music career and once camped outside of Jay-Z’s studio for two hours just for a chance to hand him a sample.
When Jay-Z didn’t seem enthused, Cole got a $10-an-hour job doing bill collecting in order to fund his studio endeavors. He caught the industry’s attention, and was soon signed to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation.
Cut to 2013, when J. Cole’s sophomore effort Born Sinner nearly outsold the highly-anticipated Kanye album, Yeezus by selling 300,000 units in the first week alone.
And because, according to Forbes, Cole does all of his own writing and most of his own producing, refusing to use ghost writers, Cole gets to keep a hearty cut of the publishing money to his tracks.
With his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, he sold over 360,000 copies in the first week alone, earning him the number one spot on the Billboard 200, displacing Taylor Swift’s 1989, an impressive feat.
As a result, J. Cole does pretty well for himself. Whereas he at one wasn’t even worth as much as the multi-million dollar sports car he was working with in a video,
J. Cole will continue to be a big player in the business not only because of his personal fan following, but because of his endeavors to expand his reach in the industry by opening his own label. Cole is now the executive of his own label, called Dreamville, in partnership with Interscope Records. Could he be the next Diddy? Quite possible.
J. Cole’s net worth is only likely to increase even more from here- we don’t think not being able to afford a sports car will ever be a concern for the talent ever again.