On the eve of J. Cole releasing his sixth studio album The Off-Season, the Fayetteville rapper has revealed its tracklist and the powerhouse producers involved, including Timbaland, Boi-1da, Frank Dukes, T-Minus, and more:
It appears there are no featured artists on The Off-Season, which is of course a Cole staple. Along with the star-studded producer line-up he put together, Cole also took on the task of production, with his name humbly written at the bottom of the credits.
The Off-Season has been a long time coming, and die-hard J. Cole fans have been clamoring for this new full-length offering from the North Carolina native. After announcing the album last week and giving fans a teaser by releasing his song “Interlude,” Cole gifted fans an even better understanding of how he’s coming on this album by joining the L.A. Leakers to deliver an impressive freestyle on Wednesday.
A fairly reclusive rapper like Cole rarely makes public appearances, so for him to rip that radio freestyle, something he hadn’t done in almost a decade, made for a memorable moment. In the documentary that Cole released to accompany the album, Applying Pressure: The Off-Season, he alluded to reigniting the type of passion he had for rap when he made some of his classic mixtapes like 2007’s The Come Up and ’09’s The Warm Up. Mixtape Cole could be heard in his L.A. Leakers freestyle, and it likely acts as a prelude to what fans can expect on The Off-Season.
Cole’s new album is due out at midnight.