If you are a fan of J. Cole, then you’re probably waiting for his highly anticipated album, The Fall Off.
The North Carolina rapper has been teasing the project since 2018, after titling the final song on his KOD album, “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’).”
He later confirmed that he was cooking up a new studio album, but the details were scarce. However, Cole took a detour in 2021, pushing back the release of The Fall Off, choosing to drop The Off-Season instead.
The Off-Season garnered positive reviews from critics and was also a commercial success. In addition to scoring a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album, the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Two years after the success of Cole’s sixth studio album, the rapper has returned to reclaim his spot as one of hip-hop’s leading hitmakers.
His upcoming album, The Fall Off, is set to be just as good as the rapper’s previous musical attempts.
J. Cole teased the official release date for 'The Fall Off.'
In May, Cole appeared on Summer Walker’s EP, Clear 2: Soft Life, and announced plans to release The Fall Off.
“I find it amazing, the way that you juggle your kids, the biz, the fame, the b---hes that’s hatin’,” he raps on “To Summer, From Cole." Adding, “They sit around waiting for you to fall off like the album I’m making.”
The album marks a significant milestone in Cole’s career, with fans speculating about the direction the lyricist would take with his latest offering.
During an appearance on Lil Yachty’s A Safe Space podcast in late 2023, Cole opened up about the inspiration for The Fall Off.
“I had a real talk with myself," he said. "‘You made it to where you wanted to make it to. Do you wanna keep going or do you just want to chill and go start a family? Do you want to retire right now?'”
But don't worry. We won't have to wait much longer. After teasing the album for years, the GRAMMY-nominated rapper has finally revealed that he was on the "tail-end of working on" The Fall Off.
However, not much else is known about the release date so far.
The tracklist for 'The Fall Off' has yet to be revealed.
So far, J. Cole has only released one song that might be on his album: "Might Delete Later," however, the rapper is still being stingy about details on which songs will show up on The Fall Off's tracklist.
As far as which featured artists will appear on The Fall Off, that's still unclear.
J. Cole collaborated with several popular artists in 2023 and we could see them return the favor for Cole’s seventh studio album.
In addition to appearing on Summer Walker’s project, Cole provided verses for Nicki Minaj’s “Let Me Calm Down,” and Lil Durk’s “All My Life" – which scored a GRAMMY nomination for Best Melodic Rap Performance.
In the past, Nicki has gushed over her working relationship with Cole, revealing that they had a two-hour conversation before he submitted his verse for “Let Me Calm Down.”
“Didn’t realize I was sitting on a therapist couch but um two days later I heard this verse and couldn’t stop crying,” Nicki tweeted.
And while Cole has not revealed the official tracklist for The Fall Off, it's possible that Nicki, Durk, and/or any of his famous co-collaborators could make an appearance on the album.
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