J. Cole is a huge basketball fan, and on his latest album, The Off-Season, the rapper mentions a bunch of NBA stars. Unfortunately, it looks like he's cursed them by mentioning them on the album, as none of the players he mentioned are left in this year's NBA Playoffs.
Fans have pointed out that every player Cole mentioned on a track on the album has been knocked out, including some surprising exits. He mentioned Golden State's Steph Curry and Detroit Pistons' Dennis Smith Jr. on 9 5 . s o u t h and a m a r i respectively, and neither of them are still in contention for this year's title.
LeBron James, who's currently playing for 2020 champions Los Angeles Lakers, was mentioned on 1 0 0 . m i l, with Cole saying, “Can’t leave the game yet, I feel like LeBron". The Lakers then suffered a first-round exit at the hands of the Phoenix Suns.
Other players to be mentioned include Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant, and Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook, with both teams eliminated during the first round of the playoffs.
Cole even went so far as to sample a post-game interview from Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard on the album, and they were also knocked out in the first round. Pretty spooky.
J. Cole may have stolen these players' powers to make his professional basketball debut in the Basketball Africa League, where he had a brief stint with the Patriots Basketball Club. Of course, these might also just be coincidences. However, we've now got an eye on J. Cole, and who he might curse next...