Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s collaborative album has been in limbo since it was teased in 2011, and fans are still hoping that the artists will eventually head to the studio sometime this year to work on some new music together. The lack of updates from both camps gives an air of mystery to the project, and it was claimed that the album could be in the works or already completed.
According to BET, there are rumors that the album may have already been completed and there was even a rumored cover art for the project. Neither artist has spoken about the joint album in recent months, but last month, Dreamville Records president Ibrahim Hamad was asked about the status of the project, and in an interview on the “Rap Radar” podcast, Hamad said that Cole has his own way of getting things done.
It can be recalled that Lamar and Cole both rapped on each other’s “Black Friday” remixes and Cole hinted that something big was brewing and coming in February. February came and went, but not even a single track from the much-hyped album was released.
“When he said that, 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.”
It was reported that the project is on hold and that the deal is still under negotiations. For now, it seems unlikely that Cole and Lamar will release the project anytime this year. The artists have been extremely busy performing in various concerts and music festivals, with Lamar just having headlined a set at FYF Fest in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, while Cole performed at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia last week. Cole is set to appear in several festivals in Las Vegas and Washington this month, while Lamar will be performing in New York City and Texas in the coming days.