The same day J. Cole learned his ‘The Off-Season’ single ‘Pride is the Devil’ was the proud owner of a 2022 Best Melodic Rap Performance GRAMMY nomination (as we reported here), the hit rapper was hit with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announcement the Lil Baby-assisted tune had met its criteria for Platinum certification – meaning it’s sold the equivalence of 1 million copies in the United States.
That win was one of many handed to Cole from the RIAA this week. More inside:
On Tuesday (November 23), the RIAA announced Cole’s singles ‘Devil,’ ‘My Life’ (from 2020’s ‘The Off-Season’), ‘Motiv8’ (from 2018’s ‘KOD’), and ‘Middle Child’ (from 2019’s ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’) had their certification statuses upgraded. While Devil and ‘Motiv8’ now sit at Platinum, ‘Child’ was raised to 7x Platinum – making it his highest certified single to date.
It was previously tied with the ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ single, the 6x Platinum ‘No Role Modelz,’ for the personal milestone.
With the certification updates, J. Cole’s cumulative digital single sales sits at 55.5 million – making him one of the top 10 best-selling rappers of the era.