Three years since his last album, J. Cole gets back in the game with his sixth and “most ambitious” album yet, The Off-Season.
The 12-track set opens with “95 South” and includes the previously-released “interlude” as well as “The Climb Back,” which dropped last summer along with “Lion King on Ice.” Like all of Cole’s albums since 2014, there are no features.
The follow-up to 2018’s KOD was executive produced by Cole, along with Dreamville President Ibrahim Hamad and T-Minus, with additional production from Timbaland, Boi-1da, DJ Dahi, Jake One, Frank Dukes, and Tae Beast.
“The Off-Season symbolizes the work that it takes to get to the highest height,” Cole told SLAM. “The Off-Season represents the many hours and months and years it took to get to top form.”
Cole’s days as a rapper may be numbered. He plans to release two more projects, It’s a Boy and The Fall Off, before potentially calling it quits. But he’s making sure he goes out on top.
“I’m super comfortable with the potential of being done with this shit. But I’m never going to say, Oh, this is my last album,” he said. “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.”
When he’s not in the studio, Cole has been putting in work on the basketball court. He is expected to play for the Rwanda Patriots BBC in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League.
Stream The Off-Season below.