Stream J. Cole’s New Surprise 12-Track Album ‘KOD’
J. Cole’s new surprise 12-track album KOD, which he announced via Twitter, is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes.
The moment many J. Cole fans have been waiting for has finally arrived: KOD is out and streaming on all services. From Spotify to Apple Music to iTunes, you now have a chance to listen to the 12-track surprise album and join the conversation about the effort with us on Twitter. The rollout was pretty abrupt and focused after Cole World let us know he had something in the chamber on Twitter. He held a pop-up show in New York City and London earlier in the week while explaining the intentions behind the project’s abbreviations which have three meanings: “Kidz On Drugz,” “King Overdose,” and “Kill Our Demons.”
KOD marks Cole’s fifth album, following 2016’s 4 Ur Eyez Only, and continues to build his reputation as one of the most dynamic and creative MCs in the game. Until this point in time, Cole has been relatively quiet, despite a few guest appearances on songs by Miguel, Logic, and Jeezy. Most recently, Cole’s voice was featured rapping in a new NBA playoffs commercial. Personally, I am about four songs in and hopefully we’ll have a first-take listen from an Okayplayer writer today as well.
Cole continues his tradition of no features on this album, circumventing expectation by adopting an alter ego named kiLL edward, which suggests that while no guests will appear, KOD will be at least partly told from a perspective that isn’t technically Cole’s. The visually captivating artwork, which was created by Detroit’s Sixmau, includes the following disclaimer: “This album is in no way intended to glorify addiction”; however until you press play on this album you can’t quite tell what message Cole is trying to convey.
For now, Cole is leaving the intention of KOD up to the listeners, saying, “The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation,” he tweeted just hours before the album’s release.
Listen to KOD below, and share your thoughts and questions about the album with us on Twitter @Okayplayer.