News 21 July 2020

J. Cole Hints At Retirement In New Essay

21 July 2020

In a new feature article written by J. Cole himself, the Grammy Award-winning artist hints at the possibility of retiring soon.

Titled The Audacity in The Players’ Tribune, Cole’s essay reflects on his music career thus far, while simultaneously looking back on his dreams of being a basketball player.

Towards the end of the article, the rapper reveals his plan to retire but not before releasing his forthcoming album, The Fall Off.

He details his “long term plan of becoming the best rapper [he] could possibly be before hanging up [his] jersey, leaving nothing on the table when all was said and done.” He added that when he thought of this plan, “the seeds for ​The Fall Off w​ere planted.”

The Fall Off 
is the title of J. Cole’s upcoming LP which he officially teased back in 2019 and is scheduled to drop this year. The project is still yet to receive an official release date.

The topic of retirement comes up again in the article, with Cole writing: “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.”

Although he didn’t mention exactly when he plans on retiring, the thought of doing so is clearly being considered.

During the essay, J. Cole also confirms he now has two sons, details the moment he signed to JAY-Z and describes some of what he’s been up to in recent years.

Click here to read J. Cole’s feature article in full.