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J Cole confronts reality in latest album KOD (Kill Our Demons)

J.Cole does not disappoint with his latest album and effortlessly builds on his previous album “4 your eyez only” with unique jazz-rap style.

J Cole released his new album KOD (Kill Our Demons) on April 20th 2018, and is well known for his ability to confront audiences with real world issues through his music.

The album consists of 12 tracks and goes for 42 minutes. The album KOD touches on J Cole’s real life experiences with mention to drug abuse, greed, family and African-American culture among other topics.

“Kill Our Demons” captivates listeners from the very beginning. With the selection of songs put in a particular order, as if to intentionally intertwine a constant mix of slow and then fast paced beats, keeping the listener on edge at every turn.

‘ATM’ and ‘Once an addict’ strongly illustrate the hip-hop, jazz style that J Cole does so well, with mellow tones at times, but when intended, intense lyrics that can jump out at the listener which can easily stand on their own.

A set of J Cole lyrics from Once an Addict (Interlude)

Meanwhile, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Kevin’s heart’, tone down the hip-pop and brings the snare drum to the forefront, delivering a much darker feel to J Cole’s usual up tone beats.

J Cole’s alter persona, ‘kiLL Edward’, appears as a feature on ‘The Cut Off’ and ‘FRIENDS’. J Cole’s identifies ‘kill Edward’ as a darker version of himself, something that clearly points to the emotion behind both songs, touching on some very personal decisions he has made.

Arguably the most intriguing and final song on KOD, ‘1985 (Intro to “The Fall Off”)’ lends itself the recent feud between Cole and fellow rapper “Lil Pump“, while offering advice to the young and upcoming artist’s trying to make a name for themselves.

An incredible blend of passionate, and yet hard tones mixed with the brilliance of J Cole’s technical lyrics, truly allows KOD to stand out in today’s very saturated hip-pop market.

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