Jermaine Cole has not released a full-length studio album since 2018’s 2x-Platinum KOD. However, there have been signs that the Grammy winner’s next LP, tentatively titled The Fall Off, is on the way soon.
When he dropped “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice” in July, Cole introduced those tracks as the first two songs from The Fall Off. The Fayetteville, North Carolina representative gave a few more hints about the project’s arrival in a new social media post.
On Tuesday, J. Cole returned to Instagram with a cryptic message for his 5.6 million followers. He posted a photo of a notebook page that featured the phrases “The Fall Off Era,” “The Off-Season,” “It’s A Boy,” and “The Fall Off.”
In addition, “Features” and “ROTD3” were crossed out which suggested Cole had already completed those items on his “to-do” list. Following his exceptional run of guest appearances in 2018 and 2019, Cole announced last year he was no longer doing features for the foreseeable future.
This a honor to be on this song. NEW Gang Starr 🤯🤯🤯🤯 💎💎💎💎
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 20, 2019
“ROTD3” refers to Dreamville Records’ chart-topping Revenge of the Dreamers III. By teaming his Dreamville music roster with numerous other Hip Hop acts – such as DaBaby, T.I, Buddy, Reason, Vince Staples, Dreezy, Saba, and Guapdad 4000 – Cole was able to put together a critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful compilation.
Has J. Cole’s attention now turned back to crafting a solo effort to add to his discography? It appears the IG image with “The Fall Off” clearly emphasized suggests J. Cole’s fans could be getting another potential classic in the coming weeks. Cole wrote in the Instagram caption, “I still got some goals I gotta check off for I scram…”
The veiled announcement seemed to get some of the Dreamville artists excited. Atlanta emcee J.I.D commented under Cole’s IG with, “YESSIRSKIIIII.” The Atlanta duo known as EarthGang wrote, “Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!” New York’s Bas typed, “It’s up.” Chicago’s Omen simply added raising hands and fire emojis. Dreamville co-founder Ibrahim Hamad posted under the pic, “I’m Rich as a f### but I ain’t been to Japaaannnn.”