The Off-Season

J. Cole - The Off-Season
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #348 / 580
User Score
2021 Ratings: #514
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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.

JAZZYCHIEF
45
People still compare this guy to kendrick 💀
MattsReviews
50
I can tell this is J. Cole's Off-Season because this project is a huge fucking miss
MirroredComfort
79
** not a single song I don’t like

so, as many know j cole is definitely in the running for one of my favorite rappers of all time. i fail to see how any of his music warrants the “corny” label that has been unfairly slapped across his face.

this LP is really fucking good. i mentioned that it doesn't have a single miss and instead just blows my mind each listen. i like it as much as his other releases and it fulls its purpose in his discography: a place for cole to dump trap ... read more
BradTasteMusic
56
The middle child. AKA the king of being mid
Case
70
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 I grew up and was exposed to different and ... read more
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Added on: January 19, 2021