J. Cole talks about retirement plans
J. Cole is thinking of an exit plan.
Ahead of the release of his new album The Off-Season, the Dreamville rapper covers the June / July 2021 issue of SLAM magazine, where he talks about his future in the rap game.
In December, Cole announced plans for three more projects, including The Off-Season, It’s a Boy, and The Fall Off, which are said to be his final album. Though he won’t confirm his resignation, Cole makes sure he’ll stay ahead if he chooses to leave it all behind.
“Oh brother, I’m super comfortable with the potential to deal with this shit. But I’ll never say: Oh, this is my last album, ”he tells the magazine. “Because I never know how I’ll feel two years, three years, four years later, ten years later, but please believe I do all of this work for a reason.”
With the possibility of an imminent retirement, Cole pushed himself to “uncomfortable limits” to improve his craft. “I do all of this work to be at peace. If I’ve never made an album again, I’m cool. That’s the reason for all of this, so I know I’m putting it all on the table. I left everything on the table and I’m fine with that, ”he adds.
“Because there is a lot of shit I want to do with my life and in my life, because I have such an intense love and passion for the craft, if I don’t let go of that, I won’t be able to get around to these others To get to things that I also want to learn and grow and at which I want to be good. “
One of those things can be a career in basketball. Cole, who worked as a walk-on at St. John’s University, has reportedly signed up to play for the Rwanda Patriots BBC in the opening season of the Basketball Africa League.
On Friday, Cole will release his sixth studio album, The Off-Season. In his new documentary “Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary” he discussed his creative process and his journey.