Cole has been recognized as one of the realest storytellers of this generation of the game, tackling hip hop’s heaviest topics without hedonism, but rather honesty. Self-conscious reflection of society and being able to put that into poetry has landed J. Cole as one of the hottest hip hop artists in the game. For a man as real as he is, his style is set to match; a simple iced out pendant or gold chain is all he needs, letting his music do the talking for him.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole is a self-taught musician and producer, putting together projects for names like Kendrick Lamar, alongside his own album work. Cole started really rapping around 2000 while going to school and honing his production skills- he’s got a different come up than other rappers, having traded street knowledge for a college education but he still hustled to get his projects heard by Jay Z.
Eventually signing with Roc Nation in 2009, Cole worked to produce and lay out his own tracks with names you probably recognize- Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Bas, KQuick, French Montana, Rick Ross, Tyga, Mark Morrison, Gudda Gudda, Bun B, Beyonce, Elle Varner, Bei Maejor, Sean Garrett, TLC, Missy Elliot, Trey Songz, Curren$y, Melanie Fiona, Trae Tha Truth, B.o.B., Jadakiss, Wiz Khalifa, Yo Gotti, Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Tinie Tempah, Lil Wayne, the list goes on.
Cole is connected to the people: from dropping free “listening sessions” for top selling albums (looking at you KOD), to his style, J Cole is always on the same vibe as the community he comes from. Hip hop jewelry has always been a part of the game, and this King is no exception- known to sport a simple look with an iced out Jesus piece, J. Cole’s flow is what really draws the crowds attention. You could cop his hip hop jewelry without his cost though- Hip Hop Bling has the gold chains in style, so you can always remember, and rep exactly where you came up.
Having recently surpassed Drake’s streaming record with KOD racking up 36.7 million first day streams on Spotify and 64.5 million streams on Apple Music, J Cole is a monster in the game right now- and hopefully will be for some time to come.