J. Cole and Cardi B Trading Praise Has Fans Hoping for a Collaboration

J. Cole and Cardi traded public praise Thursday, prompting some fans to ponder the idea of a collab.

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Late Thursday, Cardi B came through with a compliment about J. Cole's new T-Minus-produced track "Middle Child," which sees the Dreamville co-founder addressing his friendship with Drake and his relatable issues with Kanye West, among other things. By Cardi's assessment, the track—Cole's first new solo release since his 2018 album KOD—is "too spicy."

Middle child too spicy

— Cardi B (@iamcardib) January 25, 2019

Cole later dropped off a heart emoji and informed Cardi and his fans that the praise "made [his] whole week."

❤️ this made my whole week to keep it a buck https://t.co/vtNg3zMdaO

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 25, 2019

Though neither Cole nor Cardi indicated that any such thing was afoot, some fans took these tweets as a collective sign that a collaboration of some sort was possibly imminent:

J. Cole x Cardi B pic.twitter.com/6Z5BGITuOY

— Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) January 25, 2019

Cole has been all up in cardi ig comments lately. Collab in the works?

— 𝕂𝔸𝕐𝕃𝔸 💎💎💎 (@bardihottie) January 25, 2019

Same people in the comments asking for them not to collab is the same people who going to be bumping that shit the most

— 𝕂𝔸𝕐𝕃𝔸 💎💎💎 (@bardihottie) January 25, 2019

Now yall know half of us thought this was a tweet about siblings and not J Cole 😩😩 pic.twitter.com/3SXmc4mTI2

— Rima Sweiss (@rimasweiss) January 25, 2019

Of course, there's also the small possibility that Cardi's original tweet was simply a shoutout to an actual middle child:

Collab or not, we're surely getting more new music from both Cole and Cardi this year. Sessions for the Dreamville comp Revenge of the Dreamers III wrapped earlier this month, with Cole declaring the result a thing of beauty. Manager Ibrahim Hamad later explained the extent of the work left to do in post-production, saying he put at least 124 "songs [and] ideas" into a playlist last week "and that's not even every song on the hard drive yet."

Cardi, meanwhile, has her debut Invasion of Privacy going against albums from Kacey Musgraves, Drake, and others in the Album of the Year category at next month's Grammys. She's also set to star in an ASMR-nodding Pepsi ad during this year's Super Bowl.

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