According to Chart Data, the Dreamville rapper’s latest album, The Off-Season, surpassed one million U.S. sales as of Wednesday, December 22, making it eligible for platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Released on May 14, 2021, The Off-Season benefited from the participation of 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Morray, 6LACK, Bas, Cam’ron, Diddy and James Fauntleroy. Inspired by the collaborative spirit of Revenge of the Dreamers III , the album’s guest list represents a throwback for one who rose to fame by reaching platinum record without any featuring on three occasions (most recent being KOD in 2018).
The Off-Season is J. Cole’s sixth consecutive album to reach this milestone, which means his entire solo discography is now platinum. Dreamville Records’ 2019 compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III has also sold over one million copies in the United States.
J. Cole manager and Dreamville Records co-founder Ibrahim Hamad celebrated the feat on Twitter while reminding fans that Cole’s platinum record streak dates back to the pre-streaming era. “Since the days when CDs existed…” he wrote.
The move paid off as The Off-Season debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 – for the sixth time in a row.
A symbol of effort and perseverance
“The Off-Season symbolizes the hard work it takes to reach the highest level. [She represents the many hours, months and years it took to get to your peak form, ” Cole told SLAM magazine earlier this year.
“ For an athlete, if he takes his career seriously and if he really has high goals and wants to pursue them, the offseason is where the magic really happens; where the ugly stuff really happens, where the pain happens – pushing yourself to uncomfortable limits. “
Beyond the platinum record
Cole’s collaborations have also garnered numerous 2022 Grammy nominations, with the song ” My Life” , assisted by 21 Savage and Morray, in the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance categories, and the duo of Lil Baby “ Pride is the Devi l” in the category Best melodic rap performance. Meanwhile, The Off-Season is in the running for Best Rap Album alongside Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, Kanye West’s Donda, Tyler’s CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, The Creator, and Nas’ King’s Disease II.