J. Cole: KOD

J. Cole: KOD

“Gimme drink, gimme smoke

Get me high, let me float

I'm a cloud, comin' down

Put me down, gentle now

Gimme drink, gimme dope

Bottom line, I can't cope

If I die, I don't know

I don't know, I don't know

Gimme drink, gimme smoke

Get me high, let me float

I'm a cloud, comin' down

Put me down, gentle now

Gimme drink, gimme dope

Bottom line, I can't cope

If I die, I don't know

I don't know, I don't know”

-kiLL Edward// The Cut Off

 

J. Cole dropped one of the sickest album of the year, KOD. KOD has three different names behind it, Kids On Drugs, King OverDosed and Kill Our Demons. Which are all interesting interpretations since the theme of the album is about addiction, childhood traumas and the ratifications of running away from our demons and using vices to ignore what the true problem and or cause is.  Cole tells his story in a very powerful way, showing that his skills are constantly evolving and full of creativity.  His versatile style of rapping, singing, and changing his tone. Not to mention the only feature on the album is some dude name kiLL edward.  People are saying that this is J. Cole’s alter ego.( I see you homie, if this is true, then damn.) J. Cole comes off as an underrated hip hop artist, but his talent and way of thinking tells you how insanely creative and different he is. J. Cole is on the fucking top with this one.

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My favorite tracks that really stood out are KOD; this beat immediately drops and your instantly vibin’ with it.  In this track, Cole ain’t listening to nobody. He’s done hearin’ all the bullshit and is continuing to kill the game. “Why don’t you listen, and never forget.”  Up top, he’s letting you know he’s the shit and there’s no going back.  Photograph; This track gets a little bit slower, softer. Cole talks about how finding love, and sex is all through social media. Social media one of our newest addictions itself. “Putting my heart in the click” it can be difficult knowing what’s real and what’s a digital illusion.  The Cut Off ft. kiLL edward. This track explores having to cut off people who were once close to you. Cole’s learning to put himself first. The production on this track is fresh and with the sound of kiLL edward completes the instrumentals perfectly. “Time will tell, who is on my side. I mean well, but I can’t stop my pride.”   Motiv8; starts off with this beat that just makes you feel like you the baddest bitch. “I can’t have no sympathy for no fuck niggas.”  This flow is just so clean, and he really shows how versatile he can be in just one track. I really like the Junior M.A.F.I.A. sample on there too, really ties it together.  Kevin’s Heart; What I like about this track is the fact that J. Cole is being honest about being a fuck boy. Not saying that he really is, but the temptations of being on the road with your boys and you allow yourself to sink to lower levels. When you feel on top, you think you can do whatever you want with no consequences but in the end we all know that shit ain’t true. Once an addict; another softer track that explores pain. “Sometimes I think pain is just a lack of understanding, if we could only understand it all, we would feel no pain” Cole reminisces about his mother and her alcoholism. He wishes he had done things differently and how he was dealing with his own addictions at the same time.  FRIENDS ft. kiLL edward; J. Cole talks about the reason people get into drugs and how addictions are created. The systems put into place, the childhood trauma that is created and how we deal with our inner demons when were older. 1985; The production on this track is tight. There’s a lot of confidence on this track. J. Cole express his thoughts on the new wave of hip-hop music. Like everything, things must evolve, but he makes his point about the impact of this new music. “Now you scramblin’ and hopin’ to get hot again. But you forgot you only popped cause you was ridin’ trends.”

 

Honestly y’all just go listen to the album if you aren’t already. This is honestly a masterpiece. The story telling, the samples, the inserts are all perfectly put together and is beautifully haunting with some bangers. J. Cole has fucking done it. That’s all I can say.

You can listen to it HERE via Spotify.

 

Shout out to the Richard Pryor Clip too.

 

Words by Tesia Pennie // @Childish_fun