J. Cole Details 'The Fall Off' Era Projects and Hints at Retirement

“I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…”

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Although his highly-anticipated album The Fall Off didn’t drop this 2020, J. Cole is looking to make the most out of the album’s era.

The Dreamville head took to social media to post what looks like a list of albums and other musical endeavors that are part of The Fall Off era. Topping off the list and are checked off are “Features” and Revenge of the Dreamers III — the latter dropped in July 2019 and its deluxe reissued in January 2020 — followed by the titles The Off-Season, It’s A Boy and, finally, The Fall Off.

While it’s exciting to think that Cole has more than just one project up for release, the caption of his Instagram post is possibly hinting at his retirement. ”I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…” he wrote, essentially harking back to his essay for The Players’ Tribune where he noted his work as a featured rapper and the completion ROTD3 before suggesting that he could be leaving the rap game:

“The seeds for ​The Fall Off w​ere planted.

Four years have passed. In that time I’ve been blessed with two sons, learned the delicate art of balance between parenthood and career, had the pleasure of working with a ton of talented artists as a featured rapper, spent 10 magical days recording a Dreamville album in Atlanta, and put a lot of time and energy into sharpening my sword and growing as an artist. The fire that was once dying out has returned, and for that I’m grateful. 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. However, as I approach the summit of this mountain, I still find myself staring at that other one in the distance, wondering if I can climb. At 35 years old, I know that sounds crazy when said out loud, but I believe all of the best dreams do.”

Stay tuned for more info on J. Cole’s releases.

Elsewhere in music, Lil Durk, Mulatto, REASON and more lead the latest installment of Music Projects You Missed This Week.

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