The Off-Season

J. Cole - The Off-Season
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #453 / 739
User Score
2021 Ratings: #717
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
'The Off-Season' is a solid project with no expiration date and can easily be digested for months and years to come.
80
Exclaim!

The Off-Season — an earnest return to blood, sweat and ink — doesn't need much more to hit like swish.

80
AllMusic
Breaking away somewhat from his personal storytelling style in favor of more wordplay and complexly constructed bars ... The album is a varied selection with solid performances and production throughout.
76
HipHopDX

The Off-Season feels like J. Cole’s most unimaginative project to date but still can warrant repeat listens.

74
Sputnikmusic

This album remains essential listening for hip-hop fans in spite of its shortcomings.

70
The Needle Drop

J. Cole drops the pretense on The Off-Season, and it's to the album's benefit.

70
Rolling Stone
The rapper’s compositions are nimble but his stories feel safe.
65
Pitchfork
On J. Cole’s refreshing and lively new album, the rapper relaxes his grip around the mic and thrives when he’s collaborating, not when he’s making deadly serious legacy raps.
60
NME

The North Carolina rapper eschews the bombast of old to focus on quietly dazzling wordplay, drawing the same meticulousness from his guest artists.

BradTasteMusic
56

The middle child. AKA the king of being mid

MattsReviews
50

I can tell this is J. Cole's Off-Season because this project is a huge fucking miss

Case
75

Edit: this has grown on me a little. 70 to a 75

While this certainly isn’t bad and has some fun moments, The Off-Season just feels like it’s trying too hard to sound like everything else for it to really reach its full potential.

My relationship with J. Cole’s music has changed a lot throughout the years. For a while he was one of my favorite rappers, as 2014 FHD was one of my favorite albums ever. I still love that album and a lot of his other music, but as time went on and ... read more

Shaze1
84

Cole's fast flow produce mixed results; some incredible highs and underwhelming lows.

79

7.9/10

josiahh
69

this album is mid. it's like Cole knows he gon be on top of the rap game regardless and doesn't try his hardest on this album. regardless some tracks are great, but production was not the best and you are left to want more.

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Added on: January 19, 2021