From Charity Work to Activism, 5 Reasons Why We Love J. Cole
One of the first artist signed to Roc Nation has developed a rapid growing fan base since he made his way on the scene in 2011, and continues to stamp his name in hip-hop history with deeply-rooted lyricism and three #1 albums. If you're late on the Cole train and need more reasons than music why he's dope, check out our five reasons why we love J. Cole.
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He's a rapper who spits street shit with a college degree. Cole graduated magna cum laude with a 3.8 grade-point average from St. Johns University back in 2007. He's now an engaged man, but he's still our dream guy.
Cole definitely loves the kids. J. Cole was a basketball coach for some pre-teens in New York City and established his own organization, the Dreamville Foundation. Dreamville aims to encourage children in his hometown of Fayetteville, to stay in school and provides them with supplies annually. The mission of the organization is to reveal to the urban youth, their limitless potential, through positive life-altering experiences. We love it.
You definitely can't place J. Cole in the category of rappers who don't speak out. The rapper has been one of the few in the industry to voice his thoughts against injustices in America, but when Cole actually took the trip down to Ferguson and released "Be Free," it catapulted him to the forefront of the most respectable rapper in the game.
We've all heard the rap songs about not forgetting where you come from and J. Cole clearly hasn't. The Born Sinner purchased his childhood home, but instead of moving back in, Cole wants to use the house for single mothers in their time of need. Families are given the opportunity to live there, rent-free for two years.
Of course, we love J. Cole for his music. His two collaborations with Miguel ("All I Want Is You" and "Power Trip") were our R&B faves from him and joints like, "Grown Simba" and "Can I Live" bring us to a hungry rapper from North Carolina aiming for the throne. There's something for everyone when you listen to Cole and if you don't believe us, check the discography.