Rapper Bas, who is signed to Cole’s Dreamville Records, uploaded a post to Instagram that began circulating online last night (April 28). The image, which has since been deleted, features a focused J. Cole in the booth. The IG post was captioned, “The Off-Season. Pack your bags. In two weeks.” The upload also included three head exploding emojis and a rocket emoji. It’s unclear why Bas removed the social media post, but it doesn’t look like Cole, nor anyone else on his team is confirming an impending release from the North Carolina rapper that might arrive in two weeks.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the effort won’t drop. In fact, Cole has been working on the album since about 2016 and even released songs “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies,” which were supposed to be on The Fall Out. The tracks appeared on his 2016 cut, 4 Your Eyez Only, instead.
In the interim, the former 2010 XXL Freshman has offered a few loose singles to seemingly hold fans over as they wait for a full-length album.
In 2020, Cole dropped “Snow on tha Bluff” as well as “The Clime Back” and “Lion King on Ice”—the latter tracks appeared on his two-song EP Lewis Street. While fans were eager for all three offerings, “Snow on tha Bluff” received criticism via social media. Many people called out J. Cole for misogyny in his lyrics. He was also accused of indirectly addressing Noname when he described a Black woman who was bothered by racism and police brutality, and its affect on the Black community.
Cole later addressed the critiques he received and appeared to take an unapologetic stance although he commended Noname for the work she’s done within the Black community. The Fayetteville, N.C. rhymer also admitted to not fully informing himself about the excessive police brutality that had transpired at the time, explaining that he “just be rapping.”
Nonetheless, fans have been waiting for a new album from J. Cole for some time, so hopefully their patience hasn’t been in vain. Let’s also be optimistic that this isn’t the last music from Cole as folks speculated retirement from the rhymer following the release of The Fall Off.
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