J. Cole recently spoke on his previous rap moniker, Therapist, explaining that he wouldn’t change it again because he feels like his current name suits him best. During an interview with Trace Urban, the Roc Nation rapper recalled how he got the nickname and why he decided to drop it.
“I won’t change my name again, because now it’s right. It’s perfect, it feels good,” he said. “The reason why I changed it was because the other name, Therapist, was when I was younger. First of all, it was given to me by my mentor. I was really just a kid. Thye gave me a name and I was like, ‘Aight, y’all like it? I like it.’ I came to love it, I learned to love it, because it really became my style and who I was. At the end of the day, it always felt like a wrestler name. […] I had to do something more like my name. Jermaine Cole, J. Cole.”
J. Cole is currently gearing up for the release of his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, dropping September 27th.