Cole had a number of odd jobs while living in New York City. One of them was being a basketball coach for kids ages 9 to 13 in Kew Gardens, Queens. Cole described the experience saying, "They struck me as the type of kids whose parents had money. They were terrible, but I enjoyed it. Even though they sucked."
When J. Cole first moved to New York City, he got a job as a basketball coach for kids in Queens.