If you’re wondering, J. Cole‘s The Fall Off album is still in the works. He confirmed the news on Summer Walker‘s latest EP, where he appeared on the intro “To Summer, From Cole,” an “audio hug” for the R&B singer.
“I’m thinkin’ about ya, I heard you just had you another lil baby/ Congratulations, I hope you got through it with no complications,” he raps. “I find it amazing, the way that you juggle your kids, the biz, the fame, the b****** that’s hatin’/ They sit around waiting for you to fall off like the album I’m making.”
Cole announced The Fall Off in 2018 and has sporadically teased fans with updates. He spoke to Slam Magazine in 2021 about the origin of the project and its name.
“Oh, bro, I’m super comfortable with the potential of being done with this s***,” he said. “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.”
Summer’s EP, titled Clear 2: Soft Life, is the sequel to 2019’s Clear. She tapped Childish Gambino, Solange, Steve Lacy and John Kirby for the project.
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