J. Cole Comes To Terms W/ Rap Retirement

Recent headlines might have you believe North Carolina rapper J. Cole is attempting to juggle full-time careers in both music and basketball. But the Dreamville boss could actually be retiring from his day job sooner than later.

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J. Cole Could Be ‘Done’ With Rapping After New Album

Grammy winner J. Cole is scheduled to drop The Off-Season on May 14, and don’t be surprised if that’ll be a wrap for him as a rapper. Around the same time it was announced that Cole will be joining a pro basketball league in Africa, the 36-year-old revealed in an interview with SLAM that the idea of retiring from music is on the table.

“Oh, bro, I’m super comfortable with the potential of being done with this sh*t. But I’m never going to say, ‘Oh, this is my last album.’ … Because I never know how I’m going to feel two years, three years, four years down the line, 10 years down the line, but please believe, I’m doing all this work for a reason. … I’m doing all this work to be at peace with, ‘If I never did another album, I’m cool.’”

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J. Cole Drops ‘Applying Pressure: The Off-Season’ Film

Cole knows the countdown has officially started. The hip-hop superstar has hyped up anticipation for his sixth studio album by putting out his Applying Pressure: The Offseason documentary.

J. Cole drops ‘Applying Pressure: The Off-Season’ film.

J. Cole Drops Song Ahead Of New Album

A few days ago, J. Cole announced the release of his new “Interlude” track through social media. In the post, the Dreamville boss made sure to credit the song’s producers along with himself and remind followers the real project would be out in a week.

“It can go up, it can go down…. either way I’m prepared. Interlude. Produced by @tminus_music @tommyparker80s and me. Streaming now. jcole.lnk.to/interlude. See you in a week. The Off-Season.”

J. Cole Announces ‘Off-Season’ Album Date

Earlier in the week, Cole went to his Instagram page for a rare post. Jermaine’s snapshot revealed the album’s artwork and unveiled a May 14 drop date.

“My new album The Off-Season available 5/14. Just know this was years in the making.”

Days prior, Dreamville’s Bas hit up Instagram with a post which almost immediately faded to black. Along with promising the Cole release was coming in two weeks – presumably May 14 – Bas showed a snapshot of Jermaine in the recording studio.

“The Off-Season. pack your bags. in two weeks.”