EarthGang member Olu riled up J. Cole fans earlier this week when he insinuated Cole’s next album was right around the corner. But according to Dreamville Records president and co-founder Ibrahim Hamad, that was nothing but lies.

On Wednesday morning (July 15), Hamad dashed any hopes a new Cole album was imminent in a Twitter post.

“Just to clarify, There is no Cole album coming out soon and There is no Cole interview coming up,” he wrote. “Y’all be taking these IG live jokes people make too far lol. Usually I would of let y’all rock with the rumors but people really been hitting my phone too much about this.”

During a recent Dreamville Records Instagram Live session, Olu claimed there was a slight delay in the project’s release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cole album is coming,” he said. “It’s in [U.S.] Customs [and Border Protection] right now. Cole album gotta get through [U.S.] Customs [and Border Protection] ’cause you know, corona.”

Cole hasn’t dropped a solo album since 2018’s KOD. The project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with approximately 397,000 total album equivalent units sold in its first week.

J. Cole Album Update Arrives Courtesy Of EarthGang’s Olu

It also broke streaming records on both Apple Music and Spotify and was deemed HipHopDX’s 2018 Album Of The Year. The album has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.

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