What did J.Cole say about Ja Maront, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook on The Off-Season?

Joshua Rogers May 14, 2021
What did J.Cole say about Ja Maront, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook on The Off-Season?
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What did J.Cole say about Ja Maront, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook on The Off-Season? J.Cole’s new album features a number of NBA references – here’s what they are.

J.Cole’s new album The Off-Season dropped on Thursday night and people are already singing its praises.

The new album features cameos from the likes of 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and Cam’ron, as well as a sample from Damian Lillard.

There’s also a few other NBA shout-outs on The Off-Season, including one for Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Maront, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

Here’s what J.Cole said about them.

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J.Cole shouts out Ja Maront on My Life

According to genius.com, on My Life Cole recruits 21 Savage and Morray for a track on which they discuss the struggles of their respective come-ups and the benefits of their perseverance.

They also speak on what their lives could have been like if they didn’t fight to make it out.

At one point, in the first verse, Cole pays homage last season’s Rookie of the Year.

He says:

“Know when I’m done with these songs, you gon’ miss me
Ja Morant, I’m on my Grizzly

Cole admits to ‘feeling like LeBron’

Elsewhere on The Off-Season, J.Cole compares himself to Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James on 100 Mil.

He wants to let the world know that, just like LeBron, he’s still at the peak of his powers.

“Can’t leave the game yet, I feel like LeBron.

“Still getting better after all this time. 100 mil and I’m still on the grind.”

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J.Cole on Russell Westbrook

J.Cole’s other NBA reference on The Off-Season is to Washington Wizard point guard Russell Westbrook.

The all-time leader in triple doubles is known to celebrate getting a bucket by doing a ‘rock-a-baby’ gesture, and on the song Amari, J.Cole is suggesting he does the same celebration when he kills a verse in the booth.

J.Cole recently signs for African basketball team

Rapper J. Cole recently signed a deal to play in the Basketball Africa League with Rwanda’s Patriots BBC, The Athletic reports.

They say Cole is one of two foreign signings made by Rwanda’s Patriots, as well as NC State star Brandon Costner.

The rapper has reportedly signed to play three to six games.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.