RithikDoddla, Staff Reporter
On April 20, popular rap artist J. Cole released surprise album “KOD.” Cole sets himself apart from other rappers because all of his albums are focused around one common theme and hold an insightful message. The public was expecting an album about J. Cole’s past like his previous two albums, but this time he went in a different direction. Cole stated that “KOD” is an acronym which represents three phrases: “Kids on Drugs,” “King Overdosed” and “Kill Our Demons.” Throughout the album his songs highlight the danger of using illicit drugs.
Though most of the songs did center around drug use, a few held a smaller message as well. For example, the song “ATM” is about how people today are materialistic and believe that earning money will buy them happiness. Throughout the song, Cole expresses that family and friends are what matter most in life.
Possibly the most interesting song in the album is “1985 – Intro to ‘The Fall Off.’” Here J. Cole talks about how all of the young artists today only rap about doing drugs and getting money. He tries to inspire them to grow and change their music to have an important message or else the public will get tired of the same music. He even uses himself as an example saying that he used to be one of them.
Cole has really established himself as one of the elite rappers today because he has that trait, which all of the greatest rappers have: a significant message. He raps not because of the fame, but to spread a message. He is one of the few artists who can actually inspire the listener to change and become a better person.