Here’s what @whoistunde & @thepyropreacher think about J.Cole’s K.O.D album.
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Tunde: So I have a love/hate relationship with this album, it’s all those types of albums you need to be in a particular frame of mind to actually feel it. You can’t grasp it all in one listen.
Oscar: That’s normal J.Cole. I’m surprised people just jump on it as soon as it drops, me i need to be in the zone before I give it a listen.
So let’s get into it…first off the Production.
Oscar: Does the album bang?
Tunde: Bang is not the word. The album is definitely well produced, J Cole produces all the songs and that’s like a gift and a curse. A gift because the production is sonically dope and a curse because J Cole makes boring beats.
Tunde: There are definitely a lot of skippables for me, but not because the songs are wack but because like I said earlier the beats are mellow and boring.
Tunde: I think Cole has peaked on this album, he comes in as the voice of reason for the last ‘real’ hiphop fans, the album has a lot of heart. But, there’s always a but with J.Cole, just like on the last album ‘’For Your Eyes Only’’, some songs should have taken hooks by other people or external producers.
Oscar: Are you saying he should stop this no feature thing?
Tunde: Yes he should we’ve heard it all….you’ve broken records…now do something different, at least for the fans.
His content is now just for J.Cole fans and won’t get him any new fans. KOD as an album just confirms what his critics say about him. It doesn’t do anything for new market. Its well produced but doesn’t bang. Even the videos sef have an edge…but still very laid back.
Oscar: What’s the album about?
Tunde: It is J.Cole brah, the lyrics will be top notch no matter what.
The last track, 1985 and my favourite track is possibly the best way to summarize the album. The track serves as a cautionary tale to budding new generation rappers. Cole adopts this older, more experienced mentorship role and advises them on being reckless.
Oscar: So If I wanted bars, quotables and punchlines what do I get?
Tunde: “I wish you good luck/I’m hoping for your sake that you ain’t dumb as you look/But if it’s really true what people sayin’/And you call yourself playin’ with my name/Then I really know you f***ed, trust/I’ll be around forever ’cause my skills is tip-top/To any amateur niggas that wanna get rocked/Just remember what I told you when your shit flop/In five years you gon’ be on Love & Hip-Hop, nigga.
Tunde: LOL. That’s what you get.
Tunde: But some memorable lines remain in my mind, like on Kevin’s Heart, where he is singing from the stance of a person in love with drugs while brilliantly talking about Kevin Hart’s cheating situation.
She my number one, I don’t need nothing on the side/Said that I was done for good and don’t want no more lies/But my phone be blowing up, temptations on my line/I stare at the screen a while before I press decline/But she plants a seed and it still lingers in my mind/Told myself I’m strong enough to shake it and I’m trying”
Tunde: Baba just featured himself, say na Kill Edwards.
Oscar: Dude is incorrigible walahi
Good body of work, but definitely not for me, J Cole fans however would enjoy this one, I had a problem with the beats and the general tone of the album so I skip a lot of songs and haven’t gone back to it since.
I give it a 6 over 10 because of lyrical strength.