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J. Cole watches the action during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It’s been quite a few days for Fayetteville’s native son, as Grammy-winning rapper J. Cole, is reportedly going to be a professional basketball player. According to multiple sources, Cole has signed a deal to play professional basketball in Rwanda, with his new album also set to drop this Friday.

J. Cole played two years of high school basketball at Terry Sanford, and is reportedly going to play three to six games for the Rwanda Patriots in a new league – The Basketball Africa League. The Patriots are already quite successful, having won their National Basketball League championships the last five years in a row.

J. Cole was set to be a walk-on basketball player at St. John’s in college, but instead decided to focus on his music career. That’s worked out pretty well, as he’s widely considered one of the best rappers alive, and has won a Grammy Award and has a host of other award nominations.

Shams Charania, an NBA insider for The Athletic, said Cole is expected to play his first game with the club on Sunday, when they square off against Nigeria.

Cole has a new album set to drop this Friday, May 14 – The Off-Season. He released the first track off the album – “i n t e r l u d e” – last Friday.

“Just know this was years in the making,” Cole said in announcing the new album release date. “My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14.”

J. Cole’s basketball career may just be rebounding, but his Fayetteville roots are well known. He was back in town earlier this year, filming a commercial for Puma. He took the opportunity to recreate his iconic 2014 Forest Hills Drive album cover photo, but this time with his iconic new Puma gear on.

Had to get back on the roof. This time with my own shit on. DREAMER 2. First colorway “January 28th” available 1/28 online @puma and @footlocker”

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.