NEW MUSIC: J. Cole Returns with New Album ‘KOD’ (Stream It Now)
Earlier this week, rapper J. Cole revealed that he would be releasing his long awaited fifth studio album, KOD later this week, and today is the day that it arrived.
Released through Dreamville Records, Roc Nation and Interscope Records, the album consists of 12 tracks and features two appearances from an artist called kiLL edward, who is rumored to be J.’s alter ego.
The majority of the album was initially recorded over a span of two weeks while he was on the 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour in Europe and Australia. When speaking about the album’s triple meaning he stated:
If I turn on the TV right now, it’s not going to be long before an advertisement pops up that says ‘are you feeling down? Have you been having lonely thoughts?’ And then they shove a pill in your face” the voice says of the Kids on Drugs title. The second meaning, King Overdose is representing me… the times that I was — and am —afflicted by the same methods of escape, whether it be alcohol, phone addiction, women… Lastly, Kill Our Demons represents breaking free of past trauma. That’s the end goal, to face our shit, realize we have some shit going on inside—everybody, I realized everybody family is fucked up because nobody is fucking perfect. Whether you want to or not, you’re going to fuck up your kids in some type of way, because you got fucked up in some type of way.. the plan is to fuck your kids up the least amount possible.The first response to any problem is medicate. Kill Our Demons is like, finding that shit, whether it be from traumatic childhood experiences, whether it be from a lack of attention, confidence issues, insecurities—whatever it is, we gotta be honest with ourselves. Look in the mirror or look inside and ask ourselves questions, like what’s causing me to run to this thing as an escape? And once I find the root of that, let me look it in its face an see what it really is.
The album’s cover art was done by Detroit artist, Kamau Haroon known artistically as Sixmau. Take a listen to the album below:
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