J Cole has released “Interlude,” the first single off his hotly anticipated album The Off-Season.
On the track, which deals with personal trauma and gun violence, Cole spits on a single verse which puts his signature multi-faceted lyricism front and centre.
“This Southern heat make unbearable summers / Just last week, seen yo’ mama weep/ Crying ’cause she don’t wan’ bury your brother / The blood lеaks while the EMTs gotta carry her baby likе surrogate mothers,” he solemnly raps.
Cole revealed on Twitter he didn’t intend to drop “Interlude,” but changed his mind. “Told myself I would drop the album all at once. Sometimes you gotta say fuck it tho,” he tweeted. “New song tonight. 12 o’clock.”
Told myself I would drop the album all at once. Sometimes you gotta say fuck it tho.
New song tonight. 12 o’clock.
“i n t e r l u d e”
from The Off-Season. pic.twitter.com/aOCOC8F8DC
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) May 6, 2021
Cole also recently took to Twitter to announce the release of Applying Pressure, a documentary on The Off Season, which will be premiering May 11—mere days ahead of the album’s release this Friday.
The Off-Season Documentary
Dropping tomorrow at 1pm eastern. pic.twitter.com/mfYX3AMqFu
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) May 9, 2021
Listen to “Interlude” here: