The Dreamville compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III arrived last night featuring appearances from J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, T.I., DaBaby, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. On the album closer “Sacrifices,” which also features EarthGang, Smino, and Saba, the Dreamville boss makes a big revelation that he’s expecting a second child with wife Melissa Heholt.
“She gave me the gift of my son, and plus we got one on the way,” Cole raps on the track ( HipHop-N-More). “She gave me a family to love, for that, I can never repay / I’m crying while writing these words, the tears, they feel good on my face.”
This would be the second child for Cole and his wife. The private couple also has a son, which Cole rapped about on “She’s Mine, Pt. 1” and “She’s Mine, Pt. 2” off 4 Your Eyez Only. Fans originally thought he had a daughter until a 2018 interview with Angie Martinez.
“But I feel like I’ve created a life where my purpose is too much placed in music,” he said. “When I’m home and I come home, outside of like playing with my son, if I go three days without doing music, making a beat, writing a song…I start to feel like, miserable.”
Cole and Heholt met while both were attending St. John’s University in Queens, New York, and have been together for more than a decade. Heholt is an event planner and the executive director of Cole’s Dreamville Foundation.