J. Cole also spoke on new music, Noname, and more in an essay.
On Tuesday afternoon, Grammy Award-winning MC J. Cole revealed he’ll be dropping the first two singles from his new album The Fall Off on Wednesday.
“The Climb Back– produced by me,” he wrote. “Lion King on Ice – produced by J. Cole, T. Minus, and Jetson. First 2 songs from The Fall Off. Dropping tomorrow night 10pm. No date for the album yet, taking my time, still finishing.”
In the latest post on The Players’ Tribune, Cole opened up about his high school hoop dreams, his journey to a record deal and much more. He spoke about moving into his old apartment in Queens to regain a sense of motivation. In the process of making the album, he considered what he’d like to accomplish before leaving the game for good.
“It was the last place I had ever been broke in,” he wrote. “I decided to move back in for a while…for me, this house was a physical representation of the hunger that I craved–in a rap sense and in a literal sense. For the next three months I would wake up in that old, familiar room, putting myself through morning writing drills before heading off to Electric Lady Studios with a short term plan to finish the 4 Your Eyez Only album before the arrival of my first child, and a long term plan of becoming the best rapper I could possibly be before hanging up my jersey, leaving nothing on the table when all was said and done. The seeds for The Fall Off were planted.”
Cole reflected on the changes in his life in the four years since the album.
“In that time I’ve been blessed with two sons,” he wrote, “learned the delicate art of balance between parenthood and career, had the pleasure of working with a ton of talented artists as a featured rapper, spent 10 magical days recording a Dreamville album in Atlanta, and put a lot of time and energy into sharpening my sword and growing as an artist. The fire that was once dying out has returned, and for that I’m grateful.”