Cole announced the releases earlier this week on social media, and provided a quick update on his forthcoming LP. On Wednesday night, the Dreamville rapper shared “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice,” the first singles off his long-awaited sixth studio album The Fall Off. Cole is calling the two-song pack Lewis Street. “I’m sending a warning, a problem with me is like the BET Hip Hop Awards I’m starting to see you/ n**gas don’t want it/I’m sick of this flauntin’, from n**gas I know for sho ain’t got mo dough than Cole,” he raps on “The Climb Back.” He continues, “Trash rappers Ass backwards tryna go toe-to-toe/We laugh at ya, staff strapped up on top the totem pole/To blast at ya.”
Clocking in at a total of eight minutes, the EP’s title refers to Cole’s previous address in his area of Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he and his family lived before moving to Forest Hills Drive. Lewis Street features a pair of new singles set to appear on his upcoming album The Fall Off. Cole also noted that he handled the production for “The Climb Back” and co-produced “Lion King on Ice” with T-Minus and Jetsonmade, who described the latter track as something “different.”
“The Climb Back” hears the Dreamville head’s self-produced effort. Cole is evidently focused on his work, maintaining a verse flow that doesn’t miss a beat and shifting gears to a more melodic state in the chorus. Meanwhile, “Lion King on Ice” welcomes production credit from JetsonMade and the rapper’s frequent collaborator T-Minus, and features trap-dependent elements with a heavy bass echoing in the back.
According to a previous announcement from Cole, he still has no release date in mind for The Fall Off. Taking to Twitter, the rapper said he was “taking my time” and “still finishing” the album, not really giving fans an idea of how deep he really is into the album. The Fall Off will mark his first solo full-length since 2018’s KOD and first project since Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III in 2019. “No date for the album yet, taking my time, still finishing,” he captioned the project’s cover art.
While we wait for more information about The Fall Off, you can stream “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice” now via Apple Music, YouTube, or on Spotify.
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