It was only a few years ago when 2 Chainz’s album, Rap or Go to the League, came out. It seems rapper J.Cole can do both. It was announced at the beginning of the week, J.Cole would be signing with the Rwanda club in the Basketball Africa League. It’s news that shocked the world within the sports and music community and sent waves across the internet. Many praised the major career move while others thought it was nothing more than a stunt to promote the upcoming release of his new album, The Falloff. At the age of 36, J.Cole is undertaking a new era in his life.
While many would consider the move something from the left side of things, J.Cole has hinted over the years of his love for playing basketball. J.Cole played two years of high school varsity back in Noth Carolina. J.Cole became a walk-on for St. John’s Divison 1 basketball program before deciding to focus on music. Over the years, J.Cole has shown off his ball skills in various videos that can be found scattered around the web. The Grammy winner has played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and pick up games with NBA players.
The Falloff Era has begun with J.Cole seemly on the verge of retiring from music. For various reasons, it seems J.Cole has achieved everything he wanted in terms of music and looking forward to new ventures as a professional basketball player. He recently dropped a documentary about the making of the Off-Season. The film details how J.Cole views his status in the rap game.
J.Cole spoke more about the feeling of leaving the game with 21 Savage.
“One more time before I leave, before I feel fulfilled in this game, let me try to reach new heights from a skill level standpoint,” he added. Other moments in the documentary see Cole revisiting his old home in Queens, New York City, and him reflecting on how Pharrell inspired him to make music with a schedule in mind.”