J. Cole’s 2023 feature run has been so insane we’re almost not upset with him for not dropping another album. So far this year, he has done seven features, many of which are not from hip-hop artists. Cole has challenged himself to work with artists in R&B, Afrobeats, dancehall, K-Pop, and more.
J. Cole Clarifies Feature Charge
A rumor that has been going around since 2019 has finally been debunked. In a conversation on Lil Yachty’s show A Safe Space Podcast, Cole clarified his 2019 lyric on Bia’s “The London” where he made a guest appearance.
“I left a flock of rappers dead and buried /A verse from me is like eleven birds/ Just did the math, that’s like two thousand dollars every word,” he rapped on the track.
“A lot of my bars be really on point, but man that’s just a flex. I’m not gonna charge [artists] $2000 a word,” he told Yachty and his co-host Mitch.
The North Carolina rapper told Lil Boat that “does not even charge artists for a verse.” He agrees to be on artists’ songs if he’s “inspired to do it.”
Cole and Yachty worked together earlier this year on “The Secret Recipe.”
What’s Next For J. Cole?
Cole has been teasing his album The Fall Off for quite some time. This year alone, he has mentioned it in two of his guest verses. He first mentioned it in Summer Walker’s “To Cole From Summer.” The song is the intro to her EP Clear 2: Soft Life.
“The bitches that’s hatin’, they sit around waitin’ for you to fall off, like the album I’m makin,'” he raps.
The second time he references the album recently was in his verse for Drake’s “First Person Shooter” — the sixth track on For All The Dogs.
“I’m namin’ the album The Fall Off, it’s pretty ironic ’cause it ain’t no fall off for me,” Cole raps.
However, we don’t think that Cole is ready to hang it up just yet. In his feature on J-Hope’s “On the Street,” he set the premise for what he’s been doing all year.
“I contemplate if I should wait to hand over the crown/And stick around for a bit longer, I got a strange type of hunger/The more I eat, the more it gets stronger.”
Take a look at seven of his best features this year below: