After years of teasing, J Cole has finally confirmed a release date for his next album, The Off-Season.
The North Carolina rapper reactivated his Twitter account earlier this week to reveal the hotly-anticipated project’s May 14 release date and its cover art, which features him standing in front of a burning basketball hoop.
“Just know this was years in the making,” Cole tweeted. “My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14.”
Cole dropped his last solo studio album KOD in 2018—the year he first began teasing The Off-Season. Last December, he further piqued fans’ interest by posting a photo of his to-do list, which included dropping The Off-Season, something called It’s a Boy, and his long-awaited album, The Fall Off.
Excitement about The Off-Season picked back up again last month when Bas, Cole’s Dreamville Records signee, declared the project would be dropping in two weeks.
“I ain’t never lied to you—y’all can get out my DM’s now,” Bas posted on Instagram after Cole’s announcement. “This is up there with bro’s best works to date. Put my word on that, too.”
Last year, Cole dropped two new songs, “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice,” that were slated to appear on The Fall Off. He was also in the headline for a back-and-forth with Noname, who responded to a perceived diss on his song “Snow on Tha Bluff” with her own track “Song 33.”
See The Off-Season’s release date, cover art and Cole’s announcement below.
Just know this was years in the making.
My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14 pic.twitter.com/aBw4po8fvx
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) May 4, 2021