12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only took the rapper from celebrated hitmaker to full-on activist. On KOD, his ruminations on black America and the state of the union are still present, but are less objective reporting and more acquired wisdom from his life as a reluctant superstar. Cole takes rap pundits to task with impassioned, staccato delivery on the title track. And on “Photograph,” he questions the nature of romance in the digital age. KOD's production is minimal throughout, clearing space for Cole's elegantly spun stories of opportunistic friends (“The Cut Off”), modern-day drug culture (“Once an Addict”), and the guilt that success can bring (“FRIENDS”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only took the rapper from celebrated hitmaker to full-on activist. On KOD, his ruminations on black America and the state of the union are still present, but are less objective reporting and more acquired wisdom from his life as a reluctant superstar. Cole takes rap pundits to task with impassioned, staccato delivery on the title track. And on “Photograph,” he questions the nature of romance in the digital age. KOD's production is minimal throughout, clearing space for Cole's elegantly spun stories of opportunistic friends (“The Cut Off”), modern-day drug culture (“Once an Addict”), and the guilt that success can bring (“FRIENDS”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.4K Ratings
3.4K Ratings
cybrarianliz ,

Album of the year

F the Grammys. Album of the year no cap.

Wyatt Thistle ,

Kod review

KOD is an amazing piece of art that really tells you how it was like for J Cole growing up and experiences he went through. I think it's good to listen to this because it is good to see or even hear in a different perspective than how you grew up.

For starters, in the song KOD he talks about his youth and how he was around drugs at a very young age. He also talks a lot about relationships that he went through. Like in “Photograph” he talks how he finds a picture of a girl on social media and instantly goes for her. He explains the relationships on social media very good and puts it in a brilliant perspective. He also explains what money has done to him. Like in “ATM” he explains what money has done to his community and family. He also refers to what his fame has done to him and I think it's really good to hear what the actual artist are going through and what they had to get through to get where they are. But Cole also says that “ATM” means addicted to money which means he is striving for success and keeps doing more. He talks about going through “fake” friends and he is starting not to trust people as much, LIke in the song “The Cut Off” he says he realizes he is giving a lot to others but not anything back.
J Cole was actually born in Germany but grew up in North Carolina. If you are interested in rappers lives and how they grew up than KOD is perfect. Cole really gets in to how drugs led him in the bad direction and even potentially cheating on someone. In “Kevin’s Heart” he uses how Kevin Hart cheated on his wife to show how J Cole cheated do to drugs. Cole said KOD stands for “Kids Dn Drugs” “King Overdosed” or “Kill Our Demons” He mentions drugs a lot in this album and how it affected him. He also says how bad it lead him and how much it was around as a kid. He refers to “Kill Edward” a lot. “Edward” is his demon that he says encourages him to do drugs and make the bad decisions he did. That connects to one of the “KOD” meanings “Kill Our Demons”.
Overall an amazing story that is explained really well in put in great detail. 10 out of 10 from me
This reminds me more of a memoir than just lyrics. He really does put his whole life out there and really explains what it was like for him and his struggles which takes a lot for someone to do.

Chriscruz ,

Fire

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