Original Published Date: 12/22/23
2023 gave us albums from Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, and more. However, there are a couple of artists who we want to see full-length projects from that haven’t had a new release in a while.
J. Cole Teases The Fall Off
J. Cole has had the best run of features in hip-hop this year by far. While he has been keeping his friends satisfied with his guest appearances, we would be doing a disservice to Cole fans if we said that they didn’t want a project from him. In 2023, he has been on songs with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Summer Walker, Burna Boy, and more.
“I’m thinkin’ about ya, I heard you just had you another lil baby/ Congratulations, I hope you got through it with no complications/ I find it amazing, the way that you juggle your kids, the biz, the fame, the bitches that’s hatin’/ They sit around waiting for you to fall off like the album I’m making,” he raps on “To Summer From Cole.”
Cole’s manager Ibrahim Hamad hinted at The Fall Off back in February. When Dreamville’s official account asked what album would fans like to see the North Carolina rapper perform in its entirety, Hamad answered The Fall Off.
The Fall Off was originally announced in 2018 on social media and is expected to be J. Cole’s last studio album before he drops the mic for good. Before The Fall Off is to be released, Cole has a lineup of projects that will eventually lead to the last album. He’s dubbed these projects “The Fall Off Era.” In that list of projects, he has already completed and released The Off-Season, which dropped in 2021. That same year, he spoke to Slam Magazine about how he came up with The Fall Off concept and retiring from rap.
“I’m never going to say, ‘Oh, this is my last album,'” Cole said at the time. “Because I never know how I’m going to feel two years, three years, four years down the line, ten years down the line, but please believe, I’m doing all this work for a reason.”
Take a look at some artists that might drop a new project in 2024: