J. Cole finally unveiled the long awaited release date for his sixth studio album The Off-Season on Tuesday (May 4). According to an Instagram post, the project is expected to drop on Friday (May 14). As anticipation for the KOD follow-up simmers, veteran producer Timbaland is getting in on the action, hinting he had a hand in the creation of the album.

On Tuesday night, Timbo shared a photo of The Off-Season cover art and wrote in the caption, “I told y’all the king has returned !!!!! @realcoleworld @beatclub watch me work!!!!”

 

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It’s been three years since J. Cole fans were blessed with an album from the Dreamville Records boss. The Off-Season will presumably receive a warm welcome much like KOD. The 2018 album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, selling over 397,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week, earning Cole his fifth consecutive No. 1 album in the United States.

Meanwhile, Timbaland has been immersed in the Verzuz world alongside his partner Swizz Beatz. The next showdown takes places on May 8 featuring R&B queens SWV and Xscape.

J. Cole Finally Announces ‘The Off-Season' Album Cover Art + Release Date

The announcement arrived shortly after Ghostface Killah and Raekwon The Chef took their Wu-Tang Clan catalog to the Verzuz stage. The Isley Brothers then faced off against Earth Wind & Fire while Method Man and Redman teamed up for the “How High” event on April 20, the international weed smoker’s holiday.

During the event, Method Man and Redman paid tribute to DMX, the late A Tribe Called Quest legend Phife Dawg and former Bad Boy Records artist Black Rob.