Lil Durk & J. Cole Film Music Video For Upcoming Collab

Lil Durk announced the collaboration at Dreamville Festival.

BYAron A.

Lil Durk wasn’t lying about his upcoming collaboration with J Cole. The Chicago-bred rapper’s gearing up for the release of his next album, which is supposedly going to drop soon. A promising sign of its release came in the form of behind-the-scenes footage from his upcoming music video with J. Cole. Lil Durk took to Instagram to breed hype for the record with photos alongside the Fayetteville, NC rapper. “I’m sorry for the wait I’m still healing s/o my dawg Jcole #almost healed,” he captioned the post alongside palm emojis.

The confirmation comes a month after Durk initially announced the project. The “Laugh Now Cry Later” rapper told Rob Markman at Dreamville Festival that he and J. Cole already locked in for a record. However, some felt it might be a joke since Durk let the news slip on April Fool’s Day. Clearly, that’s not the case, as the photos show. The two rappers are surrounded by children without any security in sight. No word on when the single might land but it’s a promising sign that Durk will arrive by the summer.

Lil Durk & J Cole Prepare New Single

At this point, it seems likely that Durk’s forthcoming effort will include some heavy hitters. With Cole confirmed as a feature, Lil Durk hinted that Drake would land on the project, which isn’t surprising considering their rapport over the past few years. However, he also teased an upcoming collaboration with Kodak Black, too. Beyond that, not much else is certain about Durk’s album feature-wise but we could imagine that a reunion with Lil Baby is likely.

Meanwhile, there’s no clear sign that J. Cole will be releasing a new project this year. In 2020, he confirmed that he had two projects to follow The Off-Season including It’s A Boy and The Fall-Off. However, he’s yet to confirm a release date for either of these projects. Most recently, he and Dreamville executive produced the soundtrack for Creed III. Cole also contributed to the soundtrack. Check out Lil Durk and J Cole’s post above and let us know what you’re hoping from their upcoming collaboration. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.