Last week, J. Cole took to social to announce his sixth studio album, The Off-Season.
Accompanied by a new track titled, “i n t e r l u d e,” J. Cole officially kicked off his album campaign in full gear, as he’s been seen everywhere this week. On Tuesday (May 11), J. Cole graced the cover of the June/July issue of Slam Magazine, being the first rapper to do so. Inside the official cover story, Cole addressed the retirement conversations stating he won’t confirm when he will actually retire, but he is certainly laying down the foundation.
“Oh, bro, 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,” Cole tells SLAM. “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.”
Prior to the magazine’s cover release, news surfaced that Cole is reportedly joining the Rwanda Patriots BBC in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League.
As things come full circle, Cole returns with The Off-Season. Giving us a behind-the-scenes look with his latest documentary, “Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary,” J. Cole returns with 12 tracks, with production handled by Timbaland, boi-1da, Frank Dukes, T-Minus, and several others.
Executive produced by J. Cole, T-Minus, and Ibrahim Hamad, stream The Off-Season below.
Kendrick Lamar Releases New Album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’
Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar resurfaced, performing at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige at SoFi Stadium.
The performance took place just six months after it was announced that Compton native would be dropping his final album on Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). In an open letter from the rapper’s oklama.com website, the DAMN. rapper began his letter with: “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers.”
“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years” it reads. “The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling”.
Kendrick ends the letter with “There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all.”
Fast forward to earlier this month, Kendrick released a press release under his pgLang imprint with the announcement that his third studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, would be dropping on May 13.
Teasing the album’s release with “The Heart Part 5” earlier this week, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is a double-disc project that features 18 tracks with contributions from Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Summer Walker, Blxst, Baby Keem, Tanna Leone, Sam Dev, Taylour Paige, Amanda Reifer, Sampha and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
Ella Mai Returns With New Album, ‘Heart On My Sleeve’
After delivering hits like “Boo’d Up” and “Trip,” Ella Mai begins a new era on her sophomore effort, Heart On My Sleeve. Supported by the previously released singles “Not Another Love Song” and “DFMU,” the 15-track project features guest appearances by Latto, Lucky Daye and Roddy Ricch.
“When I released my debut album, I was 23 about to be 24, and now I’m about to be 27. Just in life, I’m a different woman,” the 10 Summers artist told Billboard. “I’m more mature and I’ve experienced different things than I did when I was a 23-year-old. I’m more sure of myself as an artist. I’ve been able to tour the world and I think that opens your eyes up a lot more. It’s me still and it’s just an elevated version.”
Stream Ella Mai’s Heart On My Sleeve album below.
Jack Harlow Releases His New Album ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You’
Supported by the singles “Nail Tech” and “First Class,” Harlow taps on the services of Lil Wayne (“Poison”), Pharrell (“Movie Star”), Justin Timberlake (“Parent Trap”), and Drake on the previously leaked track “Churchill Downs.”
“We put a lot of care into this album,” Jack told Hot 97. “I’ve never put so much of myself into something. These beats I’m rapping on are beats I’ve wanted to rap on my whole life. We have a formula and it’s really special.”
The Louisville rapper also released the official video to “First Class,” co-starring Anitta.
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