At age 17 the rapper you know as J. Cole went by the alias Therapist. Today he releases a throwback from the old days titled “The Reasonz” featuring Bobwire.

MTV has this to say about Jermaine’s old moniker:

“We used to look through the dictionary for rap names,” he says, “I could never find nothing. One day these dudes [Bomb Shelter] were like, ‘Yo, we got a name for you, it’s Therapist’. I was like maybe it could work, you just gotta play on the whole doctor image and being therapeutic and your music is therapeutic. A few years later, I realized Therapist sounded like a wrestler’s name,” Cole laughs. You know, like an alias. It didn’t feel real. J. Cole felt like my real name. That was a real natural fit. It didn’t feel like I was trying to be anything.”

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