It’s just a few days since Cole released his new album KOD and he’s already breaking records.
The rapper’s KOD was streamed 64.5 million times in its first 24 hours on Apple Music and surpassed 36.6 million streams on Spotify. This was enough to shatter both services’ 24-hour streaming records, as per Billboard and Spotify.
The album’s title track KOD also broke Spotify’s opening day record for streams in the U.S. The cut earned 4.2 million streams in 24 hours, beating out Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Cole is undoubtedly not your usual kind of rap star.
Since the release of Born Sinner, Cole has proved over and over again that his fans have got his back no matter what. It all began when J. Cole released Born Sinner at the same time Kanye dropped Yeezus.
You’d think the decision to go head to head with one of Hip Hop’s greatest rappers is insane but Cole wanted to prove a point.
“This is art, and I can’t compete against the Kanye West celebrity and the status that he’s earned just from being a genius,” Cole said. “But I can put my name in the hat and tell you that I think my album is great and you be the judge and you decide.”
He did make a statement that year. While Cole’s album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 behind Yeezus, it actually moved up to number 1 in its third week on the chart, at which point Born Sinner was actually outselling Kanye’s project.
Since then, J. Cole has pretty much been doing whatever he likes. We hardly ever hear any tracks before he releases an album and yet, his albums end up being a huge hit. I mean who needs press visits, countless interviews, social media influencers and listening parties when you’ve got fans like J. Cole’s?
Just a few days ago, we had no idea about J.Cole’s new album and now it has a complete track list and cover art.
Cole took to twitter to unveil the front and back cover for his new album KOD as well as the tracklist.
The title of the album KOD has three meanings, “Kids On Drugs,” “King Overdosed,” and “Killing Our Demons,” and Cole’s artwork seems to reflect that with themes around royalty, children, substance abuse, and death.
The cover features an illustrateD J. Cole rocking a crown, several skulls and children doing drugs inside of his robe. You may think it is a glorification of children doing drugs but there’s a disclaimer on the top of the cover that reads “This album is no way intended to glorify addiction,”
The 12 tracks only features one artist named kiLL edward on two songs (“The Cut Off” and “Friends”).
J Cole has been under the radar for a while but now he’s back with a bang.
The rapper announced that he will be debuting his fifth studio album KOD on Friday, April 20.
This came after the rapper held a first come first serve event where about 500 of his fans got to listen to his album. Of course to make sure nothing leaks, the event was a no phones no cameras allowed.
According to @OnlyHipHopFacts, who was in attendance, the KOD title has multiple meanings. It stands for “Kids on Drugs,” “King Overdosed,” and “Killing Our Demons.”
This will be Cole’s first album since he released “4 Your Eyez Only” back in 2016.
J. Cole’s Dreamville roster just grew thanks to new signee, J.I.D. A two-minute video surfaced via the official Dreamville YouTube page last night featuring Atlanta rapper J.I.D. of Spillage Village.
The description reads: “New Dreamville artist J.I.D project The Never Story coming soon.” The video finds Cole riding around in J.I.D’s Pontiac, an automobile the ATL rapper says has been through his life’s ups and downs.
J.I.D shares: “It’s been through every phase of my life, since I got kicked out of college to pursuing rap and shit and having to drive out of state to do shows or driving to the studio every day.”
J.I.D. becomes the 7th member signed to the outfit that already includes J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute and Ari Lennox. J Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive became the label’s first platinum album.
J Cole was silent for most part of 2016 until he dropped his hit album “4 Your Eyez Only” before the year ended. Now, he has surprised us with a brand new track, titled “High for Hours.”
The track which was released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is all about revolution, politics, and power. The first verse includes lines about religion, Osama Bin Laden, police brutality, and race. The second focuses on a conversation with President Barack Obama.
“He broke the issues down and showed me he was well aware,” raps Cole. “I got the vibe he was sincere and that the brother cared.” He added Obama’s message here: “Don’t stop fighting and don’t stop believing / You can make the world better for your kids before you leave it.”
With his third verse, Cole goes back to thoughts of revolution.
Cole always has plenty to say and uses his art to express himself. You can listen to the impactful song below:
Fresh off receiving a Gold plaque from the RIAA, J. Cole has shared a brand new song titled “High for Hours.”
Produced by Elite and Cam O’bi, the track follows his latest album, 4 Your Eyez Only, which was released back in December of 2016. The soulful, reflective record finds the North Carolina rapper spitting about meeting President Barack Obama and issues in life such as abuse.
“What good is taking over when we know what you gon do? The only real revolution happens right inside of you,” spits Cole, contemplating the deeper meaning and effects of our actions over a chilled out, piano-driven production.
The Recording Industry Association of America has awarded gold certification to the North Carolina rapper’s fourth album 4 Your Eyez Only, earning J. Cole another plaque for his wall, and once again, he’s done it with no features.
An album is certified gold by the RIAA after it moves 500,000 units. Released in December, Cole’s latest album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 492,000 copies in its first week.
The LP also stands out as “the only 2016 4th quarter hip-hop album release to earn @RIAA certification,” according to an RIAA tweet.
Cole World is bringing Eyez to radio. According to Hip Hop-N-More, he is pushing “Deja Vu” as the album’s first single. The track raised eyebrows upon its release due to the fact that it shares the same beat as Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange.”
Prior to this, Hollywood Cole’s last album 2014 Forest Hills Drive famously went double platinum with no features, a feat that eventually became a popular meme.
The Roc Nation MC has more plaques, of course. Though each had features, Cole World: The Sideline Story and Born Sinner have both been certified platinum too.
Despite being silent for most of this year, J.Cole’s new album “4 Your Eyes Only” has been a huge hit. The album has landed the number one spot on the Billboard 200. And yes, he did it without any features.
The album got the third-biggest weekly sales sum for an album this year, behind Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s LEMONADE.
As far as streaming is concerned, Eyez has the second-biggest streaming debut ever after Drakes “Views”(of course). Elsewhere on the chart, The weekend’s “Starboy” falls 2-3 while Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic jumps 6-4.
Billboard 200 Top 10
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only – 363,000 2. Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas – 156,000 3. The Weeknd – Starboy – 109,000 4. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic – 74,000 5. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to Me – 65,000 6. Post Malone – Stoney – 58,000 7. Broadway Cast – Hamilton – 48,000 8. Various Artists – Moana Soundtrack – 48,000 9. Michael Bublé – Christmas – 43,000 10. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome – 43,000