J. Cole hasn’t dropped a full-length solo album since 2018’s KOD, but it looks like the highly anticipated follow-up The Fall Off, its precursor The Off Season and another mixtape called It’s A Boy could be arriving in the near future.
On Tuesday (December 29), the elusive MC popped up to share a rare Instagram post that featured an outline for either his year-end goals or an upcoming hiatus — at least that’s how it’s being interpreted by his fans.
He wrote in the caption, “I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…”
The post included a photo of a notebook with “The Fall Off Era” written across the top. Below the header, he wrote “Features,” “ROTD3” — which are both crossed out — “The Off Season,” “It’s A Boy” and “The Fall Off.”
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Cole and the Dreamville posse unveiled the compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III in July 2019. The project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 115,412 total album- equivalent units in its opening week.
In June, Cole was involved in a brief back-and-forth with Noname when he released “Snow On The Bluff,” which many determined was a shot at the Chicago rapper Noname, who’d been an outspoken critic of how “top-selling rappers” responded to the police killing of George Floyd.
A month later, Cole unleashed a two-song pack from The Fall Off titled Lewis Street: “The Climb Back” and “Lion King On Ice,” giving fans a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming album.
Even without a proper release date for The Fall Off — or even The Off Season or It’s A Boy — Cole madness is alive and well on Twitter, with many of his fans worried his post is pointing to his rap retirement. But with a schedule this packed, he’ll be around for awhile.
Check out some of the reactions below.
Cole can't be serious about retiring… can't be pic.twitter.com/hkPGmNDLHD
— don 💽 (@don_lefleur) December 30, 2020
Lawd, I hope Cole really isn’t trynna say He’s retiring after Fall Off. Someone stop that man. 😫
— 🕊 LEGACY 🕊 (@legacyisborn_) December 30, 2020
I feel like maybe since he is retiring soon and he’s one of the biggest rappers in the world his mindset could be “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” also I just feel like cole cares about his fans but at the end of the day he makes music and does things the way he wants you know?
— CERTIFIED LOVER BOY (@__RashonSmith) December 30, 2020
damn I just realized Cole retiring pic.twitter.com/q28Y0mTUvh
— James (@2Face_11) December 30, 2020
What if Kendrick and Cole both haven’t dropped because The Fall Off is their collab album? 🤔 what if they both retiring 😱
— MightyMorphinPowerNigga (@c00terintruder) December 30, 2020
Plot twist; The Fall Off is actually coming is 30 years so we don’t have to worry about Cole retiring anytime soon
— Blizz (@Blyizz) December 30, 2020