J. Cole inaugural dreamville festival 2019
J. Cole inaugural dreamville festival 2019
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“KOD” Cover Artist Claims J. Cole Ripped Off His Artwork

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The artist alleges Cole's team used his artwork for profit without his consent.

Kamau "Sixmau" Haroon, the artist who created the artwork for J. Cole’s KOD 2018 album, has accused the rapper of profiting off his work and breaking their verbal agreement. Sixmau claims Cole sold merchandise featuring his artwork without his consent.

On Wednesday (May 8) the artist, tweeted he was "finessed by dreamville."

When one Twitter user responded to the claim asking how, he explained, "I did all the creative direction for the KOD album and he told me my work was only going to be used for booklet art. Only to turn around and make merchandise illegally with my art behind my back and profit majorly off it while on tour. Fuck them."

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He continued, writing, "I was in direct contact working strictly with Cole. His manager is his best friend ibrahim who was often in the room with him."

The artist claims he and Cole had a verbal agreement, saying "I could sue but it’d be tedious and I’m dealing with an eviction rn on top of all of that."

Dreamville team members have yet to respond to the claims.