Despite Dreamville Records’ president Ibrahim Hamad saying that J. Cole won’t be dropping a new album soon, fans now get two new records tonight.
As promised, Cole dropped off a two-pack for fans on Wednesday night (July 22). The Dreamvillians have been awaiting some new heat from Cole and he delivered. The 35-year-old rapper released “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice.”
“The Climb Back” is a Cole-produced track. “Lion King on Ice” was also produced by J. Cole alongside beatmakers T-Minus and Jetsonmade.
The Fayetteville, N.C. spitter first announced the arrival of the tracks yesterday (July 21) when he shared a post to social media declaring the two singles would drop. Though he hinted that the records will appear on his forthcoming album, he spared additional details on the EP.
“The Climb Back – produced by me,” he began.” “Lion King on Ice – produced by J. Cole, T-Minus, and Jetson. First 2 songs from The Fall Off. Dropping tomorrow night 10 pm. No date for the album yet, taking my time, still finishing.”
These two tracks appear to be the first snippet of Cole’s highly anticipated album, The Fall Off. It’s unclear when the LP will drop, but the 2010 XXL Freshman announced two years ago that an album was in the works when he released “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’),” which appears on KOD. Since that point, fans have been patiently waiting for an album announcement.
Actually, Olu from EarthGang told Cole’s supporters via Instagram Live this month that an album from the rapper is coming, but it’s held up due to the coronavirus pandemic. With Olu saying yes to the project dropping and Ibrahim saying no, things are pretty uncertain. However, these two new records should hold fans over until Cole hits fans with a release date.
Check out J. Cole’s “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice” below.
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