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

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

In case you were as confused as I was.
105
views

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.

Cover Image Credit: Instagram

Popular Right Now

10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

146433
views

Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

Travis Scott album cover

  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

    Migos II

    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

    Cardi B be careful

    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

    Drake

    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj

    assets.rbl.ms

    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

    A$AP Ferg

    assets.rbl.ms

    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

    For more posts by this author visit themoshup.com!

    Related Content

    Connect with a generation
    of new voices.

    We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

    Learn more Start Creating

    15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

    "Get connected for free, with education connection"

    913
    views

    This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

    1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

    Giphy

    Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

    2. Fortune tellers.

    Giphy

    Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

    3.Bunnicula

    1.bp.blogspot.com

    You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

    4. Silly bands.

    upload.wikimedia.org

    You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

    5. Parachutes.

    btckstorage.blob.core.windows.net

    The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

    6. Putty Erasers

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/385972630558152185/

    You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

    7. iPod shuffle.

    cdn.pixabay.com

    The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

    8. "Education Connection"

    You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

    9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

    www.youtube.com

    The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

    10. Dance Dance Revolution

    live.staticflickr.com

    This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

    11. Tamagotchi

    assets.rbl.ms

    Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

    12. Gym Scooters

    assets.rbl.ms

    You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

    13. Scholastic book fairs

    c1.staticflickr.com

    Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

    14.Go-Gurt

    assets.rbl.ms

    Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

    15. Slap Bracelets

    media.rbl.ms

    Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

    Related Content

    Facebook Comments