Just two months ago J. Cole claimed that his performance at Meadows Fest in New York would be his last show for a “Very long time.” At the time it was uncertain as to why he was stepping away for the limelight, but an iTunes pre-order page hints that the Fayetteville rapper has been gearing up to release his fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only.

Cole himself has neither confirmed nor denied the album’s arrival.

The strategy of announcing the release of a highly-anticipated album just days before it’s slated for purchase mimics the game plan of his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

In 2007 Cole and his college friends-turned-business partners conjured up Dreamville.

Now, it seems as though Cole is no longer under those same stipulations.

Cole will likely remain silent until 4 Your Eyez Only is available for purchase.

Regardless, devoted listeners can rest assured that on Dec. 9, Cole will release a project meant for eyes and ears.

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