J. Cole Reveals “The Off-Season” Release Date & Album Cover Art

J. Cole is in The Off-Season mode.

The highly anticipated album will be released on May 14th, according to the latest announcement from the Dreamville rapper. J. Cole has been teasing the album The Off Season for the past few weeks, but this is the most conclusive message we have to date that the project is finally coming. He highlighted his long absence, saying that the album has been years in the works.

“Just know this was years in the making,” Cole tweeted on Tuesday (May 4th) while sharing the cover art of himself standing beside a burning basketball hoop. “My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14.”

Fans are already trying to decode the burning hoop. Last week Friday (April 30th), J. Cole gave fans a rare update on the project via his Instagram Story. Needless to say, he appears quite upbeat about what he heard, saying, “Just rode through the city to The Off-Season. Dawg… Too excited.”

Just know this was years in the making.

My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14 pic.twitter.com/aBw4po8fvx

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) May 4, 2021

The Off-Season is the follow-up to J. Cole’s 2018 album KOD, which saw huge commercial success despite not a single feature being on the album. It will be interesting to see if this project will have any guest features. Don’t hold your breath for that either.

KOD has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after selling more than a million copies by the end of 2018.

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The Off-Season is perhaps the most anticipated hip-hop album this year, along with Drake’s forthcoming project, Certified Lover Boy, which has yet to receive a release date. This is shaping up to be a clash of the titans as both Drake and J. Cole have been at the top of the game over the past decade, although we can argue Drizzy more so than any other rapper.

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Chief Keef Artist Tray Savage’s Murder Suspect Arrested

The hip hop community was shocked in June 2020, when Chief Keef’s artist Tray Savage was brutally gunned down. The artist’s life, who was 26-years-old, was brought to an unfortunate end, leaving his family, friends, and fans in mourning. According to reports, Savage was killed on the 8100 block of South Evans Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood.

There may be some justice on the horizon as the Chicago Tribune has reported that 20-year-old Demitri Jackson was recently arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, on a murder warrant. He has since been extradited back to Chicago to face the charges. Jackson faced Judge David R. Navarro on Sunday (April 25) for a bail hearing. His bail was denied, and he was also ordered to return to court later this week.

Prosecutors have alleged that the two men were involved in the same gang but have not yet released details into how or why the shooting occurred. Other reports indicate that Jackson and Tray Savage met up and interacted with each other from their vehicles before driving off in different directions.

About 15 minutes after that meeting, Jackson’s white Mazda SUV was driven back to the meeting spot and parked. The two then met up again, but as Savage was driving away, Jackson allegedly opened fire, striking Savage fatally in the neck. Savage’s car slammed into several parked cars before stopping. Later that night, June 19, 2020, he was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Authorities added that they have witnesses who said that they saw Jackson reversing his SUV and speeding off. The vehicle was found the day after the shooting still on fire in an alley. Prosecutors also revealed that they were able to identify Jackson’s unmasked face from a video captured at a convenience store just before the shooting. He was also identified by police, who said they were able to identify him by his walk. He walks with a limp after being shot in 2018.

Jackson’s attorney Thomas Hallock argued that his client should have been granted bail because he was cooperative with law enforcement. The only reason he was out of state was to attend his grandmother’s funeral. She died last year. Jackson, who faces a life sentence if convicted, is expected to return to court on Friday (April 30).

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Lil Yachty Gets Death Threats For Comments About Tupac & Biggie

Lil Yachty said he got a lot of hate after his comments about Tupac Shakur years ago, but it made him stronger.

Quality Control artist Lil Yachty released his mixtape Michigan Boy Boat today, and on it, he talks about the controversy he started some years ago when he seemingly shaded Tupac and Biggie Smalls. ICYMI, the rapper, admitted to Billboard in 2016 that he “honestly couldn’t name five songs” by either of the iconic rappers, and he didn’t think anything of it either.

According to some of the lyrics on his latest project, Lil Yachty says he was just being honest at the time and meant no disrespect. While he came under scorching fire after the statement was published with so many hip-hop fans and artists acknowledging The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur as two of the best to ever do it, Yachty says he still made it and is successful today in spite of all the hate.

“I never meant to disrespect,” Lil Yachty admits on Michigan Boy Boat. “I was just being honest. I didn’t have any media training, right? All I knew was to be an honest person…I’m going to tell the truth.” He goes on to say that he was just a teenager at the time and was only giving his opinion but clarifies that “I didn’t say they were trash.”

“I had never in my life, I had never been hated like that. People hated me after that, like death threats. I think that’s what really started that hate for me,” he added. Yachty says people were quick to want to cancel him after that, but the experience made him stronger.

“So many people were just automatically trying to dump me like he’s whack, he’s corny, or whatever the case may be,” he continued. “But it taught me a lot. It built my character up and made me so strong and put a shell around me. Like to a point, I got into so much sh*t I don’t care about anything now. I’m thankful for it because my emotions can’t hear it. Now look, say whatever they want to say. I don’t care. You know what I’m saying? And I made it through that. I made it through that and I’m still successful. And I’m still here to this day, it’s five years later, I did it.”

Lil Yachty’s Michigan Boy Boat, which was released on Friday (April 23), is stocked with features including Tee Grizzley, Swae Lee, Sada Baby, and more. The 14-track project is available to stream and purchase across digital platforms now.

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Moneybagg Yo Recruits Pharrell, Polo G, Future & Lil Durk For ‘A Gangsta’s Pain’ Album

Moneybagg Yo’s new album features Future, Polo G, Pharrell, and more.

Interscope Records signee Moneybagg Yo has a new album coming this Friday (April 23) and with fans already buzzing about the drop, the rapper released the tracklist for the upcoming record. The album titled A Gangsta’s Pain is a 22-track project loaded with guest appearances by some of today’s hottest rappers.

Taking to Instagram to stir up some excitement among fans on Wednesday, Moneybagg wrote, “Let Me Hear U Ready For Tomorrow Night!! #AGangstasPain 4/23,” alongside a photo of the album tracklist. The Memphis rapper has a pretty impressive lineup set to debut with features from the likes of Future, Polo G, Lil Durk, Jhene Aiko, Pharrell, and more.

A Gangsta’s Pain follows Moneybagg’s Time Served which was released at the top of 2020. That album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Moneybagg’s new album includes the previously released tracks “Time Today” and “Hard for the Next,” Both titles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at No. 37 and No. 49 respectively. The former is also now officially certified gold by the RIAA.

After seeing the tracklist for A Gangsta’s Pain, fans reacted favorably pointing out that “it looks promising” and telling the rapper, “Oh, you been workin workin.” The album also includes guest appearances by Kaash Paige, BIG30 and Tripstar.

Moneybagg Yo has been promoting the new album hard recently and on Wednesday night he shared a sneak peek of him filming for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The rapper will also be playing some of the tracks from the album on Thursday night (April 22) on Apple Music’s First Listen with Ebro Darden.

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Drake To Address DMX Beef On ‘Drink Champs’ With N.O.R.E and DJ EFN

Drake is finally speaking on his past beef with DMX.

The OVO chief is heading to REVOLT series drink Champs with co-hosts N.O.R.E and DJ EFN. Noreaga, in a teaser of the upcoming episode on Instagram, said that Drake would be discussing the 2012 beef between Drake and now deceased rapper DMX. One N.O.R.E claims he squashed the beef through Drake’s OVO producer Noah “40” Shebib.

“U see my face and u know why I’m here !!!” he wrote. “CHAMPAGNE PAPI; but who’s who ? OVO DRINK CHAMPS LOADING. #CertifiedLoverBoy LOADING. @champagnepapi x @therealnoreaga @drinkchamps #drinkchampspodcast a lot of people don’t know but I squashed the beef between dmx and drake thru my boy 40 but we Will save that for drinkchamps !!! Gotta big up Ovo 40!!! Armand and fancy.”

The beef between Drake and DMX came about after DMX in an interview on The Breakfast Club said he didn’t like anything about Drake.

“I don’t like anything about Drake. I don’t like his fucking voice. I don’t like the shit he talks about. I don’t like his face. I don’t like the way he walks, nothing. I don’t like his haircut.”

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However, in spite of that, DMX did have a change of heart after Drake used his song “How’s It Goin’ Down” for the 2016 Views cut of “U With Me?”. The cut also featured DMX’s name and his lyrics from his smash single “What These Bitches Want” from the 1999 album “And Then There Was X. The two seemed to have mended fences although Drake never disrespected him and Drake even reached out and called DMX to clear things up.

DMX said in a later interview that he always felt that Drake was talented, and that was nothing to substantiate his dislike for Drake.

“I did always say that he was a talented lyricist, but I was not a fan — you’re right,” he said during another interview with The Breakfast Club. “[It was] another humbling experience. Like, Yo, you didn’t like this dude for all the wrong reasons … For him to take the effort — first, to want to use a song of mine — and then to be man enough to reach out and make that call, homie, hat’s off, man. That was a real move.”

Speaking of the phone call, DMX had said Drake was a humble guy, and he clarified that he was now a Drake fan.

“He was like, ‘Me and 40, you raised us, man,” he recalled. “I was like, wow. Here you are, feeling this way, not knowing that [they] love you, son.”

DMX died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday (April 9). He was hospitalized in a critical state for about a week after suffering a massive heart attack following a drug overdose.

Drink Champs was one of DMX’s last interviews before his death. Following his death, the cast members of the show faced heavy criticisms for allowing a struggling addict like DMX to appear on the show, which promotes drinking and smoking weed. Noreaga didn’t directly address the critics, but he did post that he had a good relationship with DMX based on trust as he mourned the loss of his friend.

“I trusted you and you trusted me!!! Rest in peace bro there will never be another 1 god has always been wit u!!! But ow u wit god!!!”

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Usain Bolt Previews Clockword Riddim Feat. Vybz Kartel, Teejay, NJ, Charly Black & More

Usain Bolt is releasing a new dancehall riddim featuring tracks from some top artists.

The Jamaican legend wears many hats from businessman to track star and footballer to music producer. Usain Bolt often invests in multiple ventures, and most recently, he has been setting his sights on making dancehall bangers. The Olympic champion announced his newest undertaking on social media this week, and fans were excited to see the artists that joined him for the project.

The “Clockwork Riddim,” which is slated to arrive this Friday (April 9), has a star-studded lineup. Bolt shared a preview of the funky dancehall beat on Instagram, revealing that it will have guest appearances from the likes of Teejay, Shaneil Muir, ZJ Liquid, and even dancehall mogul Vybz Kartel.

While Usain Bolt came under fire after his single release for his artist and friend NJ, which was criticized for being mediocre, the producer ignored the backlash, and the song went on to garner over half a million views. NJ was brought back for a track on the upcoming project, which will also feature Christopher Martin, Lia Caribe, gold and diamond-selling dancehall star Charly Black, and even more.

The “Clockwork Riddim” presented by Usain Bolt was produced by A-Team Lifestyle. Look out for new tracks from Vybz Kartel, Teejay, and more this Friday. Listen a preview below.

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