J Cole’s sixth studio album, The Fall Off, is in the works, and he’s previewed the record with two new self-produced tracks: “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice.”
They are bundled as a two-song pack titled Lewis Street which kicks off with “The Climb Back,” a broody track that chronicles Cole’s musical journey. Over a rattling bassline, the rapper recalls the events that have made him the person he is today. “Made a li’l tune called ‘Folding Clothes’ and a n***a still ain’t known to fold,” he raps. “Under pressure, well you know what Cole do / Make a diamond, they just rhymin’, me, I’m quotin’ gold.”
On the breezy “Lion King on Ice,” the North Carolina native makes a nod to one of his earlier alter egos, Young Simba, spitting rapid-fire bars about his come-up. “Gotta get rich ’cause my granny pick cotton / Gotta make hits, ’cause if nothin’, I’m floppin’ / Gotta stay me in the process,” he rhymes.
In a tweet, Cole confirmed that both tracks will appear on his upcoming album The Fall Off, adding that he’s “taking his time” to finish the record. “No date for the album yet,” he wrote.
Cole’s new releases arrived a few weeks after “Snow on tha Bluff,” a track that many speculated criticized Chicago rapper Noname and her activism on social media. The Dreamville emcee defended his lyrics, saying he stood “behind every word of the song.” He also later praised Noname and her work in the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Fall Off is the highly anticipated follow-up to Cole’s 2018 album, KOD. While you wait for more details, stream “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice” below: