J. Cole tackles addiction in hip-hop on new album ‘KOD’; fans react

J Cole  (Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre for Steed Media Service)

J. Cole surprised his fans earlier this week by performing a pop-up concert at the Gramercy in New York. During the event, he reportedly banned cellphones, cameras, and press. The intimate show allowed J. Cole to speak directly to his fans while previewing new music.

J. Cole would later reveal that he was releasing a new album, KOD, on April 20. The day is viewed as a holiday for lovers of marijuana. Oddly enough, J. Cole embraces an anti-drug message on his new project KOD. Via Twitter, J. Cole said the  album had three meanings which include, “Kids on Drugs,” “Kill Our Demons” and “King Overdosed.” Each meaning represents different levels of using drugs or fame to escape mentally.

The album cover featured art where young kids appear to be indulging in drugs such Dirty Sprite (Sprite and Codeine) and illegal pills.

Released at midnight on April 20, KOD features 12 songs that are void of any feature. Following the release, fans revealed their initial reactions on social media.

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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