J. Cole Officially Announces ‘The Off-Season’ Album

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J.Cole confirmed fans’ speculation after an Instagram post from Dreamville signee Bas.

Last week, Dreamville signee Bas made headlines after a now-deleted Instagram post that teased a new J.Cole album. “The Off-Season. Pack your bags,” he wrote. “In two weeks.” On Tuesday, Cole confirmed the news on social media, announcing his new album The Off-Season will drop on May 14th.

“Just know this was years in the making,” the North Carolina MC wrote on Twitter. The release will be Cole’s first since he dropped “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice,” then said to be tracks from The Fall Off.


In December 2020, Cole posted a list of goals to accomplish for his self-proclaimed The Fall Off era. At the time, the list-in-progress included feature verses (which he paused before focusing on recording), the Dreamville compilation project Revenge of the Dreamers 3The Off-Season, an unspecified project titled It’s A Boy, and finally, The Fall-Off.

“I still got some goals I gotta check off [before] I scram,” he wrote, further hinting at the prospect of retirement upon the release of the final project.

The Off-Season comes over three years since the release of Cole’s fifth studio album KOD. Should the album hit the top of the Billboard charts, it’d be J.Cole’s sixth Billboard number-one record. KOD reached the summit the following week after its release, while 4 Your Eyez Only hit number-one on the 2018 charts dated on New Year’s Eve.

Stay tuned for the release of The Off-Season, and for further updates on Cole’s The Fall Off release cycle.

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