Self-proclaimed king of rap native of North Carolina, Jermaine "J." Lamarr Cole, released his fifth studio LP, "KOD", on April 20.
Depending on his inflated ego, Cole does not have other artists in "KOD", staying true to his previous albums. Edward is actually a pseudonym of Cole's identity as king, specifically mentioning King Edward.
According to Cole's Twitter the acronym KOD has three meanings: Children against drugs, King overdose and Kill our Demons. According to a synopsis of Genius, Kids on Drugs are the children in the rap game: Lil Uzi, Lil Xan, etc. King Overdosed is Cole's alter ego trying to convince him to join Kids on Drugs and Kill Our Demons is Cole's latest goal of living a healthier lifestyle without recipes and street drugs.
The introduction, "Introduction", incorporates a soft saxophone on the cliché "Can someone turn my mind off? / My thoughts are running all the time / There is no Reason or no rhyme / I am trapped inside me". He expected more information for the beginning of his fifth album, but "Intro" regains some credibility with the line repeated throughout the rest of the album, "Life can bring a lot of pain / There are many ways to deal with this pain / Choose wisely ", spoken by a non-accredited woman.
Although the next song, the main song, does not seem adequate to follow the introduction musically, it is what is said on the album. Cole's knack for tempting hooks is emphasized with his four-peat line: "This is what you call a flip / 10 keys to a brick / Bentley's bad / KOD from his mom, he's as hard as sh * t. " The most valuable part is the ending, with a list of popular drugs and then "and the strongest drug of all / love".
"Photography", about the era of digital love and falling in love, or lust, through social networks, shares a discouraging message about the path that human interaction is taking, but does not offer much more with lines of equal length and little variation in melody or rhythm.
"The Cut Off", the first track to present to kiLL Edward, seems to present a battlefield between Cole in the verses and his alter ego in the chorus begging, "Give me a drink, give me smoke / hold me high, let me float up."
Cole uses his heart in his sleeve, just like the "4 only your eyes" clues. In response to his other drug addict, Cole responds abruptly, "I had to cut some people or because I've been using / My heart is big, I want to give too much and generally. "If the album is the story of the protagonist Cole against the antagonist Edward, this is the point at which Cole struggles with which path to choose and Who to trust, shown through letters, "Time will tell who is on my side / I mean it, but I can not stop my pride".
The striking clbadic rap track on money, "ATM," allows Cole to experiment with boasting money through a high-energy rhythm, with a brief pause in the middle of the song for a sample of a counter. money leafing through cash books. Cole's introspection messes up the lyrics with badogies to money and the devil, which are lost when he sets the chorus, "Count up," repeated 24 times. I would be lying if I said not to bounce on this song. This song belongs to a club on Saturday night after 11 p.m.
"Motiv8" is less about motivating other people, and more about Cole juxtaposing his pain. "Kevin & # 39; s Heart" presents Cole listing the things he has and what he has achieved, which acts as a ray of light for his depression stemming from the temptations of greed, lust, and envy. Like "The Cut Off," Edward should have appeared in this song to show more clearly the contrast between what he approves and disapproves.
"BRACKETS" begins with a sample of Richard Pryor talking about how much money he earned, leading to Cole's testimony of his own money production and taxes he believes will go to the wrong people and places. This song recovers the talent of Cole to include anecdotes with his political beliefs in a powerful and moving confession of the financial problems of his family during his childhood.
Cole uses the end of "BRACKETS" to prepare listeners for "Once an Addict" (Interlude), "A visceral memory of Cole's experiences with his mother while dealing with alcoholism." The song left me speechless.
"FRIENDS", like "BRACKETS", is in capital letters, transmitting the idea that this song is more important than the rest. Like the album as a whole, with a simple relaxed rhythm about jazz chords in an organ, Cole leans on his clbadic rap current: long verses guided by his strong control over pronunciation and syllabic domain. This song is a direct message to his friends, desperately suggesting that they "meditate / not medicate".
Penultimate song, "Window Pain (Outro)" and the last song, "1985 (Introduction to & # 39; The Fall Off & # 39;))," Finishes the album with a reflection on where Cole is now. "Window Pain (Outro)" begins with a small girl who tells the detailed story of how they shot their cousin, which leads Cole to a burrow of painful memories, regret, thanks and conscious reflection. The song has a heavy bbad line that contradicts the sad lyrics ultimately. "1985 (Introduction to & # 39; The Fall Off & # 39;)" is representative of the year Cole was born, and possibly the introduction to his next album. However, according to Genius, "The Fall Off" could mean the fall of a rapper's career, an event for which he is preparing.
Although this album lacked tracks that resonate in the ears of listeners like their previous songs "GOMD" "No Role Modelz" and "A Tale of 2 Citiez" from their 2014 album "2014 Forest Hills Drive". Nor did he resist "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Immortal" and "Vile Mentality" from his 2016 album "4 Your Eyez Only."
"KOD" does not have many memorable hits apart from the title track and the last two on the album. In general, Cole sticks to himself with clichés, rhythms similar to previous songs and a person falsely awake to cover his lack of innovation. He emerged from the anguish in "Forest Hills Drive 2014" about fame and his personal life in "4 Your Eyez Only." "KOD" is kicking the dead dog of J. Cole's emotion. Turning to old habits and oversized techniques, "KOD" stands out as the platform that Cole has chosen to send messages of hope to those who are very influenced by rap music, mainly "Kids On Drugs". Therefore, I recommend J. The brave effort of Cole.