Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole album release date: project reportedly still under negotiations

Fans have been patiently waiting for Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s joint album since the project was teased in 2011. Lately, there has been nothing but rumors about the collaboration, with some even claiming that the project could be released sometime this year. However, Cole’s camp reportedly said that the deal is still under negotiations, and no confirmation has been said whether the project will see the light of day.


On a Rap Radar podcast, the president of Dreamville Records Ibrahim Hamad was asked about what happened when Cole alluded to an upcoming project in February in his verse in “Black Friday.” The podcast’s host pointed out that the rapper said that “something was coming in February,” and this led fans to believe that the highly anticipated project which involves Cole and Lamar will be released on the said month. However, February came and went, but no joint album was released on that month.


“When he said that, you know like, we knew it was a stretch, but at the end of the day Cole is Cole and he knows what he’s doing,” said Hamad. “He has his way of getting things done and I think that at the end of it all, it will be way worth it…Whatever he had planned in February, whatever it is, it’ll be way more worth it if people just like, know that he, he’s kinda like a mad scientist with his thing. He’s like a little mad scientist.”


Hamad appears to have given a non-answer with regard to the much hyped album, only hinting that Cole wasn’t ready to release whatever he planned to put out back in February. Recent reports suggest that Lamar and Cole’s busy schedules could have delayed the project, as both artists are set to appear separately in numerous music festivals and concerts throughout the year. It is expected that more updates about the collaboration will come up in the coming months.

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