J. Cole and Dennis Smith Jr. attend the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

It’s been quite a few days for Grammy-winning rapper J. Cole, who is reportedly going to be a professional basketball player. According to multiple sources, Cole has signed a deal to play professional basketball in Rwanda, with his new album also set to drop this Friday.

J. Cole played two years of high school basketball, and

J. Cole was set to be a walk-on basketball player at St. John’s in college, but instead decided to focus on his music career. That’s worked out pretty well, as he’s widely considered one of the best rappers alive, and has won a Grammy Award and has a host of other award nominations.

Shams Charania, an NBA insider for The Athletic, said Cole is expected to play his first game with the club on Sunday, when they square off against Nigeria.

Cole has a new album set to drop this Friday, May 14 – The Off-Season. He released the first track off the album – “i n t e r l u d e” – last Friday.

“Just know this was years in the making,” Cole said in announcing the new album release date. “My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14.”


Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.

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