J. Cole Announces Three Projects, Teases Retirement

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J. Cole has remained mostly quiet in 2020, but he has big plans for the new year and beyond.

On the third to last day of the year, the Dreamville rapper returned to Instagram with a big announcement. He shared a photo of his notebook on a studio console, which contains his future plans including two unreleased projects prior to his highly-anticipated album The Fall Off.

Under “The Fall Off Era” are “Features” and last year’s Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation, both of which are crossed off and marked as complete.

Up next is his mixtape The Off-Season, followed by a project called It’s a Boy. It all leads up to his long-awaited album The Fall Off.

Cole also seemed to hint at his impending retirement in his caption. “I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…” he wrote.

Cole previously hinted at retirement following the release of The Fall Off. In his open letter for The Players’ Tribune over the summer, the father of two said he has 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.”

His future may include a professional career in basketball. Earlier this year, Master P revealed that the Dreamville rapper was training for the NBA.

Cole hasn’t released a solo project since 2018’s KOD. In July, he dropped two singles, “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice,” which were preceded by “Snow on Tha Bluff,” on which he addressed Noname.