J. Cole fans started their week off with a bang after he announced that he is dropping a new album, KOD, this Friday (April 20). The Fayetteville rapper hosted a secret and exclusive listening session of the project for fans in New York City last night (April 16), where he played the project in full.
While we'll have to wait until the end of the week to listen to what the lucky attendees were able to hear first, there are some details from the session that reveal a lot about Cole's forthcoming studio LP. According to attendees, the project has three meanings, which are Kids on Drugs, King Overdose and Kill Our Demons.
While Cole reportedly asked fans and attendees to try and keep details from the listening session a secret, many have been sharing what they experienced during the event at Gramercy Theatre on social media, giving us a heads up on what to expect. There's no confirmation on the project's tracklist, but based on people's tweets and posts, we may be in store for a top notch Cole album featuring experimental flows and sounds.
KOD follows in the footsteps of Cole's last LP, 4 Your Eyez Only, which he dropped back in 2016.
Check out everything you need to know from J. Cole's KOD album listening session below.
Fans Formed a Packed Line Outside of Gramercy Theatre
Following J. Cole's tweet with information about the secret event, fans poured outside of Gramercy into a line that wrapped around multiple blocks in Manhattan. Attendees hoping to get a wristband for access inside waited for a few hours even after rumors swirled that the venue had already hit capacity. Dreamville representatives even spoke to a few eager fans in line who shared their love and enthusiasm for Cole, while others questioned what the event was actually for.
J. Cole Announced His New Album Is Coming
While fans initially believed that the event was going to be a free concert, similar to Cole's Dollar and a Dream Tour, the Dreamville MC appeared on stage around 8 P.M. and spoke for 20 minutes about how the album came to be, how he envisioned it, how long he took to write it and what each song was about.
"Nah, nigga, I just wanted to talk," he jokes at the beginning of his speech. "Nah, nigga, I got an album."
Cole Shares 'KOD' Album Title
Cole told the 200-600 lucky fans who were able to get inside that he recorded KOD in just two weeks, but went back to record the last three tracks to perfect them, and that the project title means Kids on Drugs, King Overdose and Kill Our Demons. According to attendees, Cole explains that Kids on Drugs refers to not just recreational drugs, but prescription drugs given to kids instead of confronting their personal issues. Cole also apparently mentions that he was happy to see young black men making money, but that they'll go broke in five years if they keep doing lean and Xanax.
Cole Performs the Album in Full, Explaining Meaning Behind Each Song
Cole played the entire album in full, which reportedly has about 10-12 tracks, but only revealed the name of his final record, "1985." The song apparently introduces listeners to another project, but so far, he hasn't provided details on that potential project. There are some tracklists surfacing throughout the Internet, but sources claim that they are fake.
Song Snippets Surface Despite Phone Ban
Fans who got into the event had to lock up their phones before entering. Many say that they heard a lot of 808s being used within the beats along with new vocals. They also mention that he experiments with his flow on a lot of the songs. Some attendees say that he has a song for his mother, a joint for smokers and addresses topics like tax dollars and role models.
Fans Didn't Hear Features, but Smokepurpp Claims He's on the Album
Smokepurpp previously claimed that he has a verse on Cole's new album, and reiterated his statements in an Instagram post yesterday (April 16). Fans at the event say they did not hear any other guests on the project other than Cole. While it could be another case of trolling from Purpp, we won't know for sure until Friday.
If you recall, Purpp and Lil Pump released a diss record called "Fuck J. Cole," which they admitted later was a troll to get the rapper to react. Cole has yet to respond to the controversial track.
Cole Is Doing Another Listening in London
The rapper sent out another flyer for a secret event in London, which appears to be set up the same as was for the NYC event at Gramercy Theatre. Being that is said to come out Friday (April 20), he may be doing other listening sessions around the world leading up to its release.