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J. Cole put out a new album. K.O.D is the name of the new project and has three different meanings according to Cole: Kids on Drugs, King OverDosed, and Kill our Demons. Cole shifted his message in this album from the issues that face young African American men as they grow up, to the causes and consequences of addiction.
He explores the battles that he has faced in his life with both his struggles with alcohol and his mother’s issues with drugs. This personal hardship he faced with drugs and alcohol on a personal level, is an evident inspiration throughout the album.
“The album is trash,” senior Jack Estepp said.
This album was faced with a lot of backlash because songs such as: “Photograph”, and “FRIENDS”, experimental tracks Cole released that were kind of let downs from the great music Cole has released his past works.
Although it is clear that Cole laid a lot on the line with his new work, he experimented with new flows that did not take as well with his fans. 2014 Forest Hills Drive is the album that shot Cole into stardom and 4 Your Eyez Only making him a public figure, K.O.D is thought to be missing something.
“It’s a solid album and definitely has some good songs,” Junior Preston Songer said.
Although lacking a complete feel to the album, there are a few songs that are reminiscent of the bangers heard on his previous works. Songs such as “1985 (Intro to the Fall Off)”, “KOD”, and “Kevin’s Heart” are all very good songs that have made their way into the Billboard top 100.
Reviews were not all bad for Cole’s new project and the album did manage to break the first day streaming records for both Apple Music and Spotify. The praise for the album comes from deep messages carried throughout the project and some of the new flows that Cole introduced in songs like “KOD”, “BRACKETS”, and “1985 (Intro to the Fall Off)”.
Overall, the album is doing well and has earned J. Cole a third consecutive certified Platinum Plaque, 1 million verified sales, with no features, a feat that seems impossible to most artists today.