Jermaine Lamarr Cole, also known as J. Cole, is a rapper, songwriter, and producer. This triple threat, growing in North Carolina, was one of the first to sell more than 350,000 album copies in its first week of featureless sales. Cole’s latest album, KOD, does not disappoint. Cole maintained the same spirit, with KOD selling over 390,000 copies in its first week, debuting in New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Ireland and has since claimed the RIAA Certified Gold title – all featureless!
The ambiguous title of the KOD studio album has three different meanings: “Killing Our Devils”, “King Overdose” and “Kids On Drugs”. Three different points of view, one topic: drugs and alcohol. Cole briefs on several topical issues in America and uses his platform to share his point of view on a major issue, which he says is the killing of the black community, especially black men. This album, produced by Cole, allows Cole to bless his fans with powerful lyrical rhymes and to teach children that. He breaks down the album’s meaning in three different ways to ensure it reaches every listener. “Killing Our Demons” shows how some people use drugs and alcohol to relieve pain, “King Overdose” talks about the effects and effects of black people abusing drugs and alcohol, and “Children of Drugs” talks about how drugs and alcohol described in the media as “cool” and how it affects children.
J. Cole’s lyrics throughout the album share lyrically enlightened stories and metaphors for all listeners and titles to identify. In the fourth track on the album, “The Cut Off (ft. Kill Edward),” Cole talks in the chorus about how he had to cut off his childhood kids because of trust and financial problems, and how drug and alcohol abuse helped him cope. Pain. “Give me a drink, give me smoke / Lift me up, let me swim.” This action kills the demon; internal stiff pain. He then ends the chorus with, “Give me a drink, give me medicine / Anyway, I can’t handle it. When I die, I don’t know / I don’t know, I don’t know.” which would lead to a royal overdose.
j-cole-kod-album-stream-000.jpg This beautiful work of art also influenced the American tax system called “BRACKETS” and shares its concerns. This revealed how uncomfortable it was for him to work hard for his money and professional success, to repent and pay half of his hard earned tax dollars. Apart from paying the government, he thought about how the money would help America, but he still saw problems in the black community that had not changed. “Yeah I pay taxes, taxes are a lot, nonsense that makes no sense / where do my dollars go? You see, lately I’m not sure (I guess my dollars should be used to build roads and schools) but mine N*ggas is almost done , they don’t have the tools. Cole shares how the government system uses tax dollars to help businesses buy and distribute guns instead of investing in tools for the success of black children.
In the second verse, he tells a story that describes a family in the church who, under such circumstances, did their best to survive. Taxpayers’ money spent on their education and school system can help, but they are still being taught by people who don’t have the same struggles. Cole uses metaphors and images to show the cycle in which the black community participates and pays taxes.
If you’ve been a Cole fan for a long time, you’ll love visiting Cole’s alter ego, Lil Cole. He can be heard on the album when talking to his uncle Uncle Sam. You’ll also enjoy another comic interlude at KOD, which can now be seen as the signature style that J.Cole used on his albums.