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J. Cole Talks Making Peace with his Retirement Decision, Doing More Features, and More in his ‘Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary’

J. Cole’s Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary has arrived Monday (May 10), ahead of his The Off-Season album release this Friday (May 14).


In the film, directed by Scott Lazer and executive-produced by Dreamville President Ibrahim Hamad and Cole himself, the iconic lyricist opens up about his legacy and why he titled his album The Off-Season to his platinum-selling collaborator, 21 Savage.

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Cole also speaks about doing more features before he retires. He reveals that he wouldn’t feel comfortable hanging up the mic before having worked with fellow rap creatives.

“You wanna look back and be like, you didn’t work with nobody? You didn’t have no songs with nobody and you’re just cool with that? No? Okay, so start saying yes to some features,” said the “ATM” artist in the doc. “Similarly, it was like that with letting people know, The Off-Season, It’s A Boy, The Fall-Off is coming. Now that the possibility of not doing this shit seems real and I’m at peace with that, don’t have a regret.”

As he gears up to release his sixth studio album, the 36-year old MC is also readying to play in the inaugural season of Basketball Africa League, for the Rwanda Patriots BBC team on Sunday. He is expected to officially join the team on Thursday.

Keep an eye out as we will report to you when The Off-Season drops. Meanwhile, watch Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary below.