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NEWS: 7th of JUNE 2018

 

Ever the oracular author, J. Cole has created a time capsule of the things that bother and provoke us the most

 

BY SARAH J. EDWARDS

This spring, J. Cole released his instantly critically acclaimed fifth album, KOD. Or officially Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons.’

 

Sometimes it’s quite interesting to switch our approach to listening to new music. Ahead of pressing play, you might like to think; what does this artist want to achieve? What does he/she feel their purpose is? Having a major platform to broadcast from, what do they feel responsible for? And what is it doing for me?

 

Ever the oracular author, J. Cole vividly chronicles ‘a new world highlighting addictions of all sorts,’ throughout KOD. Solicitously, delivering painted stories via cadence flips and twice backed-up by kiLL edward (his rumoured alter-ego, look out for his album soon too), each track utilises words and beats powerful enough to help you connect with subjects that your conscious may likely have been tugging on you about.

 

When you dig a little deeper and pay closer attention to that hook, beat or lyrical emphasis of delivery, you can find yourself rewarded in ways you may not have anticipated and perhaps the artists didn’t realise either.

 

KOD is a time capsule of the things that bother and provoke us the most in the 2010s. J. Cole took the weight of so many issues of his shoulders, that the narrative throughout is a testament to his artistry, passion and awareness. His ‘choose wisely’ messages placed throughout the album, only strengthen each track’s content and just as he describes, are additional “empowering” and “cautionary” tales. Backing up the reality shed and impact KOD is bound to make.

 

After you’ve fully ingested KOD, be sure to check out J. Cole live:

 

August

9th – American Airlines Arena / Miami, FL

11 – Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL

12 – Infinity Energy Center / Atlanta GA

14 – Smoothie King Arena / New Orleans LA

15 – Toyota Center / Houston TX

17 – AT&T Center / San Antonio TX

18 – American Airlines Center / Dallas TX

21 – Talking Stick Resort Arena / Phoenix AZ

22 – Viejas Arena / San Diego, CA

25 – Staples Center / Los Angeles CA

24 – Staples Center / Los Angeles CA

29 – Oracle Arena / Oakland CA

 

September

2 – Taco Bell Arena / Boise ID

4 – Golden 1 Center / Sacramento CA

5 – Honda Center / Anaheim CA

7 – T-Mobile Arena / Las Vegas, NV

8 – Vivint Smart Home Arena / Salt Lake, UT

10 – Pepsi Center / Denver CO

12 – Verizon Arena / Little Rock, AR

13 – BJCC Arena / Birmingham, AL

15 – Dreamville Fest / Raleigh, NC

17 – Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN

18 – Sprint Center** / Kansas City, MO

19 – Target Center / Minneapolis, MN

21 – Little Caesar’s Arena / Detroit MI

22 – Allstate Arena / Rosemont, IL

23 – Schottenstein / Columbus, OH

25 – KeyBank Center** / Buffalo NY

26 – XL Center** / Hartford, CT

28 – Bryce Jordan Center / University Park, PA

 

October

1 – Madison Square Garden / NY

4 – Air Canada Centre / Toronto CA

5 – Bell Centre** / Montreal QB

6 – Wells Fargo Center / Philadephia, PA

8 – Capitol One Arena / Washington DC

10 – TD Garden / Boston MA

 

Get tickets and more J. Cole here: http://dreamville.com/artist/cole/

 

 

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