Before releasing his hotly-anticipated fifth album KOD, J. Cole unveiled the cover art and tracklisting. Detailed at his private listening sessions for the album in New York and London, Cole revealed the title has three meanings: “Kids On Drugs,” “King Overdosed,” and “Killing Our Demons.” Cole’s artwork seems to reflect that with themes around royalty, children, and substance abuse.
An illustrated J. Cole sports a crown on the vibrant cover. It also features several skulls and children doing drugs inside of his robe. “This album is no way intended to glorify addiction,” reads the fine print above Cole’s head.
The 12 tracks only feature one artist named kiLL edward on two songs (“The Cut Off” and “Friends”). Some speculate kiLL edward could simply be J. Cole’s alter-ego.
The project is due Friday, April 20.