How to Stream & Download J. Cole’s ‘Middle Child’

Getty J. Cole performs onstage

J. Cole is releasing his new single “Middle Child” tonight. The track is rumored to be the lead single from his upcoming compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III, and is produced by T-Minus. This will be Cole’s first solo release since 2018’s “Album of the Year (Freestyle).”

According to Cole’s Instagram, “Middle Child” will be released at 9 p.m. ET or 7 p.m. PT depending on your time zone. We’ve listed all the different platforms that the album will be released on, and the ways in which you can listen below.

Apple Music

You will be able to stream Cole’s new single on iTunes and Apple Music. If you have an Apple Music account, you can go into the app on your phone or tablet and set the notifications to alert you when the album is out. Click here to learn how.

If you don’t have an Apple Music account and want to try it out, you can click here to start a free 30-day trial. If you cancel during your trial period, you’ll continue to have access to the entire Apple Music catalog until the date that you would have been billed for the full price. The album is also available for pre-order on iTunes, which you can check out here.


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Based on the standard release schedule for Spotify, Cole’s single “Middle Child” will also be available to stream on the platform. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can sign up for one here and pay only $0.99 for the first three months.



Future’s album will also be available to listen to on Tidal. The streaming service offers a free 30-day trial with Tidal Premium, which provides  access to music videos and curated playlists. 

There is also a free 30-day trial option for Tidal HiFi, which provides access to videos, playlists, and Lossless High Fidelity sound quality. Click here to sign up for either trial.


J. Cole has kept busy since he released his acclaimed album KOD last year. He’s appeared on singles by Jay Rock, 21 Savage, and JID; and has been teasing the impending release of his Dreamville compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III on social media. On January 6, Cole posted a teaser photo for Revenge of the Dreamers III with the caption: “Bet. On the way.”

On January 16, he added: “The Revengers sessions are done thank you to every artist and producer that came through. I love y’all, that shit was beautiful. Next step, finish the songs and let the [world] feel em. ” Assuming that the compilation will follow the structure of previous Revenge of the Dreamers installments, III will features verses from Dreamville veterans Omen, Bas, Cole, as well as the recently signed JID.

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!llMind, a producer known for hits like, took to Twitter on Wednesday to praise the upcoming single. “Heard ‘Middle Child’ at the Dreamers sessions and trust me when I say….u know what? I don’t even have words,” he tweeted. Check out a screenshot of the tweet above.

HotNewHipHop also speculates that the lyrics and title of “Middle Child” may allude to Cole’s position as the “middle child” between rap superstars Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Cole arrived on the same around the same time as the aforementioned stars, and has often been compared to them stylistically.

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