J. Cole teased his upcoming project The Fall Off in his feature on Summer Walker’s latest EP Clear 2: Soft Life out today (May 19).
“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.
His reply garnered almost 10,000 likes and several hundred retweets.
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.
“Oh, bro, I’m super comfortable with the potential of being done with this s—,” the hitmaker explained at the time. “But I’m never going to say, ‘Oh, this is my last album.’ … Because I never know how I’m going to feel two years, three years, four years down the line, 10 years down the line, but please believe, I’m doing all this work for a reason.”
He added, “First it was the thought and the feeling, and I was looking for a phrase to sum that up. That was the birth of it. I found the phrase in 2016, actually, early 2016 when I was working on 4 Your Eyez Only. I found a phrase, I did the hook to the song and I was like, ‘Oh, this is the phrase that sums up this whole chapter for me.’ And that’s when I started working on The Fall Off.”
Listen to “To Summer From Cole” below: