J. Cole has shared the official video for "MIDDLE CHILD," his first track of 2019.
Cole announced the release via social media Friday and shared a still of the visual on Sunday night.
The video, directed by Mez, finds Cole confident and calm as he transitions from a dark room filled with covered bodies on morgue tables, to Lute driving him around through mud in a luxury car with a Dreamville flag, to hanging in a log cabin where he displays the heads of rappers he's killed like they're trophies.
Prior to the video's premiere, Cole hopped in the YouTube chat to share a few details about the video, which included an Omen cameo and was shot in Georgia. The rapper also said he's not planning to tour in 2019, and that Dreamville is "shooting for April" to release Revenge of the Dreamers III, which also happens to be the same month as Dreamville Festival.
It's unclear if "MIDDLE CHILD" is a stand-alone track or if it'll land on a full-length project. There's speculation it will appear on either his mixtape, solo album, or the Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation. The song, co-produced by T-Minus, has spent four weeks on the Hot 100 chart and has peaked at No. 4. "MIDDLE CHILD" audio has also garnered more than 44 million views on YouTube and surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify.
"Once we did the record, we just knew there was something special about it," T-Minus told Complex about track. "I mean, he's addressing a lot of things that are happening right now, so you know, he wanted to get that record out."