The country continues to open up as temperatures are rising, and hip-hop is providing more heat for the month of May.

The real is back. This month, J. Cole returns with his sixth solo studio album, The Off-Season, on May 14. Cole teased the LP last December with an checklist on Instagram. Speculation about the album arose last month when Dreamville artist Bas let the cat out of the bag on Twitter. Cole confirmed album was dropping and even released a single titled "Interlude" produced by T-Minus, Cole and Tommy Parker on May 7. His first solo album since 2018's KOD, Cole seems excited about ending his hiatus, recently posting on Instagram, "confidence through the roof."

Toosii continues to put his imprint on the rap game. The Syracuse, N.Y.-born, North Carolina-based rapper is slated to drop his new mixtape, Thank You for Believing, on May 7. The new tape is the follow-up to 2020's Poetic Pain and features the newly released tracks "What It Cost" and "Back Together."

NBA YoungBoy protege Quando Rondo is also putting out music this month. On May 7, the Savannah, Ga. rhymer will be delivering his sophomore album, Still Taking Risks. Recently in the spotlight because of his connection to the death of King Von, Quando gets back to the music with a new 18-song offering, which contains the controversial track, "End of Story," as a bonus cut.

Check out more new projects arriving from DMXYG and Mozzy, Yung Mal and others below.

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