J. Cole will return on 4/20
UPDATE, 4/19 2:41 PM: It looks like Cole isn’t done with releasing music after KOD. The end-track to the project, “1985” will be the intro track to another one he is geared up for later this year according to Ryan Payan. It even says it on the track listing with “Intro to ‘The Fall Off.’
J. Cole’s rollouts for his albums are very short, lasting only about a week with press coverage and everything. This time was no different when he announced his fifth studio album titled KOD. The Dreamville rapper hosted a listening session where he told fans no cell phones and no cameras, he just wanted people to enjoy the record and them listen to him when talking about it.
According to DJBooth, the LP shows Cole in a new format, no longer rapping over boom-bap beats but spitting over blistering 808s and ambient production. Many people who attended the event say that on the last track Cole is coming for the throne. The last track is titled “1985” and it Cole says it leads into a totally different project, but he wouldn’t provide any other information on that. The albums stands for ‘Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons.’ Peep the cover art and tracklist above. The album comes in two days – on 4/20.
Per DJBooth writer Ryan Payan who was in attendance:
“Cole says he sinks into a zone and is writing at least a song a day. By song six, he realizes there’s something going on. He has never written like this before. ‘God was just giving it to me, like, “Here n*gga, I’ll write it for you, just take the credit,”‘ he said. After the first two weeks [of recording], Cole thought to himself, ‘Yoooo I’ma come back from [touring in] Australia, drop this shit and blow everybody away.’ When Cole gets back, he mixes it but something doesn’t feel right. He said if he was being honest with himself, he knew three songs weren’t up to par. If he could make three more songs up to par, he would have ‘a classic.’ So Cole says he took his time and perfected the album. It’s a beautiful album.”