By Oluwatobi Opusunju
As promised, J. Cole has unleashed his fifth studio album, “KOD”.
In a post on Twitter today, the North Carolina rapper confirmed KOD has three meanings: ‘Kids on Drugs’, ‘King Overdosed’ and ‘Kill Our Demons’.
Afterwards, he stopped on reeling out other features of the album for his fans to figure out. “The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation,” he said.
“KOD” follows up his 2016 album “4 Your Eyez Only” and contains 11 tracks including songs like “Friends”, Photograph” and “ATM”.
On the album, Cole takes rap pundits to task with impassioned, staccato delivery on the title track. And on “Photograph,” he questions the nature of romance in the digital age.
KOD’s production is minimal throughout, clearing space for Cole’s elegantly spun stories of opportunistic friends (“The Cut Off”), modern-day drug culture (“Once an Addict”), and the guilt that success can bring (“FRIENDS”).
The album, just like his last two body of works—2014’s Forest Hills Drive and 2016’s “4 Your Eyez Only” — has no featured artist, except for one credited guest “Kill Edward”, who is J. Cole’s alter ego.
However, despite having no featured artist on his last two albums, J. Cole went platinum on both and with “KOD”, he might just be getting himself another platinum accolade.
Signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as the first rapper, Cole has had platinum certifications for all three of his prior full-lengths, including his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story; ten charting Hot 100 singles as a top-billed artist, and three as a guest.
Check out the full track list and listen to the album below:
KOD track list:
- The Cut Off (feat. Kill Edward)
- Kevin’s Heart
- Once an Addict (Interlude)
- Friends (feat. Kill Edward)
- Window Pain (Outro)
- 1985 (Intro to the Fall Off)
Read also: What We Expect From J. Cole’s Upcoming Album
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