Decoding J. Cole's "K.O.D"

Decoding J. Cole's "K.O.D"

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The no-feature platinum king is back! J. Cole just unexpectedly dropped his fifth studio album and is already breaking all types of streaming records.

The upbeat, but still conscious tone of "K.O.D" seems like a drastic shift from the nostalgic, sentimental tone of his previous album, "4 Your Eyez Only." However, many similar themes can be found in both, such as the tragic effects of addiction.

Cole says himself that "K.O.D" holds three different meanings: "Kids on Drugs," "King Overdose," and "Kill Our Demons." I believe these can also represent three stages of addiction. The first being the initial reaction to self-medicate when faced with a problem. The second "King Overdose" meaning continuously medicating until you reach a point where you become either immune or take it too far. The third alternate title, "Kill Our Demons" represents the stage of overcoming addiction and letting go of the drugs.

See also: Cole World Returns And Surprises Us With "K.O.D"

The overarching theme of this album is, you guessed it, addiction. This doesn't just refer to drug addiction, but addiction to money, fame, greed, material possessions, and love. Love has often been described by a drug in popular culture and even by Cole previously. It is known that when you fall in love, you produce "happy drugs" like dopamine. Of course, a love addiction can cause you to do crazy things. But by saying love is the most powerful drug of all, Cole is saying that love has the driving force to cause an individual to give up all their other addictions.

Cole also draws upon his own experiences growing up in North Carolina and on experiences that are still common in many communities across the nation.

"K.O.D" is also a commentary on the new hip-hop culture. The purposeful irony in Cole using many repetitive trap style beats is that he calls out trap music. Specifically, in line with the theme of addiction, Cole comments how younger rappers blow up by rapping about drugs and material possessions or even create a persona centering around drugs. However, they fail to speak out about the effects of these addictions and the effects this type of rap has on the legacy of hip-hop.

There are a lot of perceptive theories and in-depth analyses of the lyrics in the album that also deserve a worthwhile look.

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1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

8. "Gimme your F**KING money!"

9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

19. "Um, I'm never been to oovoo javer."

20. "My God, they were roommates."

21. "Why are you running, why are you running?"

22. "Whoever threw that paper, your mom's a hoe."

23. "I can't swim."

24. "Lebron James."

25. "It's an avocado, thanksssss..."

26. "Mother trucker dude, that hurt like a butt cheek on a stick."

27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"

46. "YOU BETTER STOP."

47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

50. "F**k you, I don't want no ravioli."

51. "21."

52. "I'm in my mum's car, broom broom."

53. "Iridocyclitis."

54. "You know what, I'm about to say it."

55. "That is NOT correct."

56. "Uh, I'm not finished" "Oh my God, can you let me do what I need to do?"

57. "I have osteoporosis."

58. "ADAM."

59. "Merry Chrysler."

60. "Wait a minute, who ARE you?"

61. "Try me, bitch."

62. "When will you learn, THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES?"

63. "I didn't get no sleep cause of y'all, y'all not gone get no sleep cause of me!"

64. "Do you want to go see Uncle Cracker or no?"

65. "So no head?"

66. "You got eczema."

67. "I am shooketh."

68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

69. "Can I PLEASE get a waffle?"

70. "There is only one thing worse than a rapist." "A child."

71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

72. "Bitch, I hope the f**k you do."

73. "Two shots of vodka."

74. "F**k off Janet, I'm not going to your f**king baby shower."

75. "JEEEEEZ, Jesus Christ."

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