After dropping “The Off-Season”, J Cole began his first season of pro basketball in Rwanda. Chiefs star Tyrann Mathieu was amongst the people impressed by the rapper’s recent success.
On May 14th North Carolina rapper Jermaine Cole released his latest album, named “The Off-Season”. Cole, who last dropped a studio album in 2018, is well-known for releasing music scarcely.
It was, therefore, no surprise to see how well the public reacted to the new album. It has already earned early album of the year shouts, from the sports world too.
a l b u m . o f . t h e . y e a r
— Dennis Smith Jr. (@Dennis1SmithJr) May 14, 2021
Cole regularly name-drops NBA stars in his music, and the album even included a sample from Trailblazers’ guard Damian Lillard, who also raps in his spare time.
Bruh the dame sound bite is OD!!!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) May 14, 2021
” ja morant i’m on my grizzly ” heard you @JColeNC 🤝😤
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) May 14, 2021
J Cole Makes His Pro Debut, Tyrann Mathieu Reacts
Amazingly, just days after the album release, the 36 year old played his first pro basketball game for the Rwanda Patriots in the Basketball Africa League.
Apparently, the 2 occasions weren’t planned to occur so close together, and it was the delay of the album which caused the odd timing. Regardless, it is still impressive to see Cole finally living his dream of becoming a pro hooper.
Cole finished the game with 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a win. Definitely not the greatest stat line, but his fans were still excited for his debut.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 16, 2021
J. Cole with his first professional bucket! pic.twitter.com/gTYcyowQ9J
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 16, 2021
One of his fans, Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, took to Twitter to express his admiration for the rapper’s dual talents. He tweeted, “J Cole definition of crafting!”
J Cole definition of crafting!
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) May 16, 2021