J.Cole has finally returned from a long-winded hiatus of creating music. It was in 2016 when he released the platinum selling 4 Your Eyes Only, hip-hop heads and music fans rejoiced over a breathe of fresh air being released in to the culture.
Confidently speaking, on April 20th, 2018 those feelings from 2016 have been achieved once more. This time, Cole wastes no time voicing his grievances about hip-hop’s current state of new generation rappers. From the album cover, to the style of the first couple of tracks, all the way to the culmination of the album.
Off first listen of the album front to back, KOD starts of relatively sluggish, with production style comparable to some of the genre’s most popular sounds today. As the album progressed, the vintage Cole lyricism began to break through. Over the years, Cole’s popularity throughout music could best be described between one of two sentiments. You’re either all on board the Cole train or you are not about the hype. I tend to sway to the former, but for the most part, Cole tends to let his work speak for himself *cough* double platinum with no features *cough*.
Listen to the album in full below and let us know your thoughts off first listen.