Like Playboi Carti's 'Whole Lotta Red,' many fans were expecting J. Cole's sixth album, 'The Fall Off,' to drop in 2020. While we'll likely have to remain patient until the new year hits, Cole could deliver more than promised.
Whenever 'The Fall Off' emerges from the depths of his hard drive, there's a chance that two additional mixtapes – 'The Off-Season' and 'It's A Boy' – will accompany the album.
Cole made a rare appearance on the timeline of his 5.6 million Instagram followers with an update on 'The Fall Off Era.' He captioned the post, "I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram..."
Two of the five to-do items are already crossed off, including the "Features" Cole has recorded and the 'Revenge Of The Dreamers III' compilation project that originally arrived in July 2019 prior to the deluxe 'Director's Cut' this past January.
Dreamville artists like JID could barely contain their own excitement. He commented, "YESSIRSKIIIII."
Can't wait: Even Cole's Dreamville collaborators like JID are excited. He commented, "YESSIRSKIIIII." Cole first teased 'The Fall Off' on "1985," the final track from 'KOD,' and later during the intro of his set at the Day N Vegas festival circa Nov. 2019.
Both the release outline and caption add to the idea that Cole is planning to retire from music in the near future. The 35-year-old, whose birthday is on Thursday, Jan. 28, discussed the possibility in an essay for The Players' Tribune, published last July.
"A long term plan of becoming the best rapper I could possibly be before hanging up my jersey, leaving nothing on the table when all was said and done," he wrote. "The seeds for 'The Fall Off' were planted."
He continued, "On my career bucket list, there remain a few more items to check off before I give myself permission to enter whatever the next chapter of my life may be."
The fourth title, 'It's A Boy,' also nods toward a revelation from that same essay that Cole and his wife Melissa Heholt have welcomed two newborn sons over the past four years.