J. Cole Announces New Album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive,’ Releases Artwork

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Rumors began swirling on Sunday that J. Cole was planning to release a new album this year when a pre-order link popped up on Amazon. Cole has now confirmed that the rumor is actually a reality. The rapper announced that his new album titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive is coming on Dec. 9.

“What up? My New Album is finished. It’s called 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it’s very special to me. It’s available everywhere on 12/9. This time I’m releasing no singles, just the album. See you in 3 weeks. Thank you for the love and support,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

Along with the announcement, Cole embedded a seven-minute trailer that takes fans back to his old stomping grounds in Fayetteville, N.C. The rapper visits memorable spots such as his old high school, where he spit his first freestyle, a local skating park and his childhood home with the address that serves as the title of his album.

Near the end, the Fayetteville-native explains that he wants to stay connected with his small town life which gives him “real happiness” opposed to the fake Hollywood life.

“I got to this point in my career and I realized: yeah, I got a lot more dreams and I want to go further but at the same time, I don’t want it if it’s at the expense of my happiness. I don’t want it’s at the expense of my sanity or if I have to become someone who’s so out of touch of what’s real,” he says. “And I don’t want it if it’s at the expense of my sanity or if I have to become someone who’s so out of touch with what’s real, the people that love you and the people that you love.”

Cole’s last album, 2013’s Born Sinner, reached No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart and sold more than 700,000 copies. The new 2014 Forest Hills Drive will be his third studio album.

Pre-order Cole’s forthcoming album on iTunes.

Watch the video below!