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REVOLT TV reported that the signs were pointing toward a new J. Cole album coming soon, and now his fans have confirmation: J. Cole has a new LP, called K.O.D., arriving in four days.
A select group of fans got to hear the album on Monday night, at a free show announced hours before opening doors. First, Cole changed his profile photo and background photo to a plain purple image. Then, with a tweet that afternoon, Cole revealed a flier that that invited fans to come through Gramercy Theatre for a free show, first come first serve. "No phones. No cameras. No bags. No press list. No guest list," the flier stated.
With a line that reportedly trailed around the block, the concert went down that evening. While no phones were allowed inside, the announcement was clear after the show: Cole's fifth album called K.O.D. is arriving soon, and a small number of fans were able to hear the entire thing. Cole later tweeted that the album would arrive on April 20.
New album. KOD 4/20— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 17, 2018
Brian "B. Dot" Miller, of Tidal's Rap Radar podcast, revealed information about the album on his Twitter account: the album is 12 tracks long, and was recorded in two weeks. The title has three different subtitles: Kidz On Drugz, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demonz.
new #jcole album title: k.o.d.— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
three different subtitles (kidz on drugz, king overdose, kill our demonz)
recorded in two weeks.
cole played the entire album. about 12 songs.— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
experimenting with flow.
standout tracks were the intro and last song, “1985”. no word on release date. but it’s coming.
i’m also assuming the subtitles have Z at the end. kinda on brand.— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
K.O.D. will be the follow-up to 4 Your Eyez Only, J. Cole's last album released in December 2016.
Read below for reactions from attendees of the show, and see REVOLT TV's list of J. Cole's best deep cuts while preparing for K.O.D.'s impact on Friday, June 20.
@JColeNC Cole album is FIRE!!! Omg his lyics!!!! His cadences!!! The beats!!! Lmao his messages ... somw of yall LIL rappers gonnna be upset!— Tasha (@LGraHolla) April 17, 2018
There’s none of that “lemme throw on that Cole so I can go to sleep” music on this. And if people try to act like there is, they need to just come out and admit they don’t like him, which is fine.— Joe Berg (@JoeBleedsBlue) April 17, 2018
Ain’t no goddamn sleepy tunes on here. And anyone who says that on Friday is a damn lie. https://t.co/KvEeSxZIlM— Chris Uño (@CRS_One) April 17, 2018
"just remember what I told you when ya shit FLOP— Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire) April 17, 2018
In 5 years you'll be in on Love N Hip Hop"@JColeNC not playing on his new album "K.O.D."
Jay Z revealed his mom was a lesbian— Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire) April 17, 2018
J. Cole revealed his momma was depressed