J. Cole Drops “KOD” and a music video for “ATM”

J. Cole Drops “KOD” and a music video for “ATM”

By Sterling Munksgard

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J. Cole is back!

On Monday, Cole did a pop up concert in New York, playing tracks of the album for those in attendance, with the rules being “No Phones. No. Cameras. No Bags. No Press List. No Guest List.”

The album, entitled, KOD, has 3 meanings, “Kids on Drugs,” “King Overdosed,” and “Kill Our Demons.”

In the trailer for the album, ‘Kids on Drugs’, is described in a meaning of In the trailer, ‘If I turn on the TV right now, it’s not gonna take long for there to be an advertisement that pops up that says, “Are you feeling down? Have you been having lonely thoughts?” And then they shove a pill in your face. The first response of any problems is medicate.’

The second definition is ‘King Overdosed’. A voice in the trailer says: ‘That’s representing me, the times that I was, and am, afflicted by the same methods of escape,’ and makes references to alcohol, phone addiction and women.

The third meaning is ‘Kill Our Demons’. ‘That’s the end goals, to face our s***, realize that we have some shit going on inside. Everybody…because nobody’s f****** perfect’.

When J Cole shared the three definitions on Twitter, he ended the tweet with: ‘The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation’.


Written by Clarke Jones