J. Cole Quotes and Sayings

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  • Full name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole
  • Date of birth: January 28, 1985
  • Born in: Germany
  • Height: 1.88m (6’2”)
  • Weight: 91kg (201 lb)
  • Net worth: $35 million
  • Occupation: rapper, singer, songwriter.

J Cole quotes about music, rap


No rapper in the world from Jay-Z to Tupac to Biggie has 100 percent love on everything they do.

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I pay attention to lyrics and I know what rap fans care about. I try to write for the average listener and I’m conscious of the mainstream without selling out.


I think if I did something in the pop world right now, it would be for Rihanna. I’d love to do something production wise for her.


Producing all my own songs and refusing to go to the hot producer. That’s the biggest risk I’ve taken so far.


I was a super-duper Tupac fan, and I realized later, when I became a huge Nas fan and a huge Eminem fan, I was drawn to the storytellers. They all told stories in different ways, but they were all like the best storytellers.


I started playing violin in the 5th grade. They had a program in school where you could get out of class to go play instruments. So I raised my hand, left out of class, me and a bunch of my homeboys, just to get out of class for that day. They asked what instrument you wanted to play and I picked the violin.


In hip-hop, there’s not a lot of love. There’s not a lot of love being spread. It’s always like ‘I’m stuntin’ on you raps, or I’m better than you raps.’ It’s not a lot of ‘Yo man, I idolize you raps.’

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I do put a lot of God in my music, but not because I’m super religious. There are a lot of demons in my music, too. I acknowledge both.


I feel like the reason people feel like they know me is because I’m giving you myself in the music. There’s where the connection comes from; you can’t Twitter that.

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I still wanna rap better than everybody else, and I wanna say important things.


There’s been people who’ve rapped and produced – like Kanye – but I don’t feel like on the rapping side there’s ever been a producer who can rap as good as I think I can rap.

J. Cole quotes about success


I always feel like it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams, making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.

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If you ain’t aim too high, then you aim too low!

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Anything’s possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles.


I want people to follow their dreams, yes… but I’m not interested in telling young black kids how to be rappers… I want to show them that there’s so many other paths you can take, besides a rapper or basketball player.

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You are perfect exactly as you are. With all your flaws and problems, there’s no need to change anything. All you need to change is the thought that you aren’t good enough.

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If they don’t know your dreams, they can’t shoot them down.


It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success.

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Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do.

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Never give up until you’ve given out all your very best. It’s better to fail trying, than wondering what could have happened if you tried.


I don’t trust easily, so when I tell you ‘I trust you’, please don’t make me regret it.
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I seen a baby cry, seconds later he laughs. The beauty of life, pain never lasts.
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Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin. You know what I mean? That’s just the truth. I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin.

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I keep my head high, I got my wings to carry me. I don’t know freedom, I want my dreams to rescue me.


Anything’s possible, you gotta dream like you never seen obstacles.


I’d rather be happy being myself than sad trying to please everyone else.


You have to hurt in order to know. Fall in order to grow. Lose in order to gain. Because most of life’s lessons are learned in pain.


Never give up until you’ve given out all your very best. It’s better to fail trying, than wondering what could have happened if you tried.


My life accelerated, but had to wait my turn. But then I redecorated, that means my tables turn.


I struggled with being a broke college graduate, and while all my friends were getting career jobs, I was working horrible part-time jobs. That’s why now, even when I get tired, I think, ‘This is what I asked for.


I worked in ad sales. I would call up local businesses and try to get them to buy ads in the paper. The whole time, I felt like I was just scamming people.

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