When J. Cole takes to social media, you know it’s deliberate. So, when the rapper posted a cryptic photo to Instagram yesterday detailing a list of unreleased albums and teasing impending retirement, best believe there is substance to it.
The Dreamville boss shared his plans for the “Fall Off-era” of albums, which seemingly involves dropping two other projects before released his previously-teased and highly-anticipated The Fall Off album.
However, another detail that has fans scrambling is Cole’s caption, which hints at retirement. “I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…” he wrote. Unfortunately, this isn’t news. Earlier this year, he published an essay titled “The Audacity” in which he discussed retirement.
“… 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 …” he wrote. “The fire that was once dying out has returned, and for that I’m grateful. On my career bucket list, there remain a few more items to check off before I give myself permission to enter whatever the next chapter of my life may be.”