Sun 16 Nov 2014
The secret recently got out about Beyoncé’s upcoming Platinum Edition album, and it looks like the Internet might have uncovered J. Cole’s plans to release a new project next month.
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As KTT points out, Amazon is currently offering pre-orders for what appears to be Cole’s third LP called 2014 Forest Hills Drive, due for release on December 9 via Roc Nation and Columbia Records. One user also posted an alleged screenshot from the iTunes Store promoting said album (however, a search for “J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive” produces no results, so iTunes may have pulled the page).
As for the title, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is an address in Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina that was purchased in June of this year — and, yes, the new homeowner appears to be J. Cole. KTT dug up a letter from the rapper greeting his new neighbors and inviting them to a listening session on November 29 and 30, along with a photo of him being filmed in the living room (which looks identical to the one in the house listing).
In the chance that this is all just one elaborate troll, it’s not crazy to believe that J. Cole actually has been hard at work on his third album. In a since-deleted post on Instagram, The United Collective recently photographed Cole’s long-time engineer Juro “Mez” Davis in the studio “finishing up the last few mixes for J. Cole’s 3rd studio album.” With the record supposedly set to drop in less than a month, and his listening session taking place in two weeks, all will be revealed very soon.