Did Rapper J. Cole Jinx LeBron James and Stephen Curry With His Latest Album?

Published 06/09/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA playoffs are well underway with some teams looking to claim their first NBA title. The Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns, and the Utah Jazz are all on this list, and Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell look determined to end their franchise’s title drought. There are some competitive teams in the playoffs, but the Golden State Warriors didn’t make it after they got knocked out by the Lakers in the play-in tournament. Subsequently, the Lakers also bowed out in the first round after their loss to the Suns. Ironically, rapper J Cole released a new album named ‘The Off-Season’ where he dropped the names of LeBron James and Stephen Curry in some of his songs. The question is, did he jinx them?

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J-Cole drops LeBron James and Stephen Curry in his album

In Cole’s song 100 . mil, James’ name was put in one verse. The lyrics read, “Burst through the ceiling, I’m feeling sublime. Can’t leave the game yet, I feel like LeBron.”

In another song called 95 South, Steph Curry’s name was mentioned. Cole is not the first rapper to include NBA players in his album. Notably, the famous rapper Drake drops names of players as well. It adds to the glitz and glamor of the league. The other names to have been mentioned in J. Cole’s album include Ja Morant, Russell Westbrook, and Damian Lillard.

Now, there have been funny conversations about how Cole jinxed these players by dedicating these lyrics to them. All the players named in the album did not pass the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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Lakers bow out in the first round

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In Bron’s 18-year-old career, this is the first time he was knocked out in the first round. The Lakers struggled against the Suns’ offense as AD remained injured most of the time. This must have come as a disappointment for LeBron, and it is safe to say that the Lakers’ performances knocked him out, and not the rap. The Lakers have struggled all season with injuries, and they could not get past the Phoenix Suns.

In the meantime, Stephen Curry got knocked out in the play-in tournament against the Lakers. As a result, this will be the first final without either James and Curry. This just goes to show that they are one of the best players the league has seen.

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Even though the Lakers and Warriors got knocked out, there are no doubts regarding their ambitions for next season. Anthony Davis will be hopeful of putting his injury troubles behind, and Klay Thompson will be back for the Warriors. But for right now, fans will want to take Cole’s song as a gentle reminder of what these players are capable of.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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