Extraordinarily talented Dreamville/Roc Nation artist J. Cole is truly in a league of his own and he proved as much yet again by keeping a promise to a young fan and attending her high school graduation in the midst of a hectic tour schedule.
To give a brief recap of the backstory, a New Jersey high school student by the name of Cierra wrote J.Cole a letter back in 2013 telling him how he inspired her to push through her academic hardships and asked him to attend her future high school graduation. To her surprise, Cole responded to her letter and promised that he would attend her graduation under one condition: she had to get accepted into a 4-year university by the time she was to graduate.
Cierra kept in contact with Cole and the entire Dreamville team over the course of the next 2 years, keeping them updated on her progress in school and eventually sharing the great news of her being accepted into multiple 4-year universities.
Fast forward to June 23rd, 2015 and not only did Cole hold up his end of the deal by attending Cierra’s graduation, he also worked with his manager to route his third annual Dollar And A Dream tour around her graduation ceremony to do it.
Cierra posted photos of the priceless moment on social media and also shared details on the graduation gift she received from Cole, as well as his plans to help fund her college education.
16 Things You Probably Didn't Know About J. Cole
1. We all know J. Cole's real name is Jermaine Lamarr Cole. But did you know he was born in Frankfurt, Germany?Source:Getty 1 of 13
2. J. Cole's mom is German & his dad, who left a young Jermaine behind very early on in his life, is African-American.Source:Getty 2 of 13
3. The "extent" of his "prepared food" repertoire goes only so far as cereal and PB&Js.Source:Getty 3 of 13
4. J. Cole's first rap name was Blaza. His second was Therapist.Source:Getty 4 of 13
5. He considered himself the underdog. He's quoted as saying: "I've always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds."Source:Getty 5 of 13
6. J. Cole moved his "Born Sinner" release date up from June 25th to June 18th to, specifically, compete with Kanye West's "Yeezus."Source:Getty 6 of 13
7. J. Cole's favorite New Yorker, dead or alive, is Tupac.Source:Getty 7 of 13
8. J. Cole stands tall at 6'3" - he's one inch taller than his mentor, Jay Z.Source:Getty 8 of 13
9. He was first-chair violinist back in high school.Source:Instagram 9 of 13
10. It was J. Cole's mom who encouraged his production, buying her son a $1,300 ASR-X for Christmas so he could make beats at home.Source:Getty 10 of 13
11. J. Cole has worked as a newspaper ad salesman and a bill collector, in addition to dressing as a kangaroo while working at a skating rink.Source:Getty 11 of 13
12. He first attempted to work with Jay Z after college. In 2007, Hov dismissed the young rapper and the beat tape he was trying to shop around.Source:Getty 12 of 13
13. That same night, J. Cole stood around and waited for Jay Z to arrive at the studio, for 3 hours, in the rain - only to get the cold shoulder from Hov.Source:Getty 13 of 13
J. Cole, Eva Marcille, & More Hit Up All Def Comedy Live (PHOTOS)
1. J. Cole and Tony Rock dap each other up.Source:ADD 1 of 10
2. Tony Rock poses for a flick.Source:ADD 2 of 10
3. Sheree Whitfield spotted!Source:ADD 3 of 10
4. Lil Twist enjoys a Wednesday night out at All Def Comedy Live.Source:ADD 4 of 10
5. J. Cole poses for a flick.Source:ADD 5 of 10
6. Eva Marcille laughs her ass off.Source:ADD 6 of 10
7. Booby Gibson, J. Cole, & Tony Rock pose for a picture.Source:ADD 7 of 10
8. Daniel "Booby" Gibson shows off his style at All Def Comedy Live.Source:ADD 8 of 10
9. Booby Gibson, J. Cole, & Tony Rock pose for a picture.Source:ADD 9 of 10
10. Comedians light up the All Def Digital stage.Source:ADD 10 of 10