J. Cole popped up out of nowhere (or at least, after laying low) this week to announce that he was dropping a surprise album on 4/20 called KOD. Well, as promised, the day has arrived.

The album is a concise 12-tracks and in true Cole fashion, there are no features on the project. At a surprise pop-up show and album listening he held in New York a few days ago, he said that KOD stands for King Overdosed, Kill Our Demons and Kids on Drugs, and that the album was basically divinely inspired.

"God was just giving it to me, like, "Here nigga, I'll write it for you, just take the credit,"' Cole reportedly said, per DJ Booth.

The last track on the album, "1985 (Intro to "The Fall Off")" is apparently an introduction to another project, which Cole has unsurprisingly remained tight-lipped about. Cole says the album was recorded in about two weeks.

"And plus, you havin' fun and I respect that/ But have you ever thought about your impact?/ These white kids love that you don't give a fuck/ 'Cause that's exactly what's expected when your skin black/ They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill/ They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels/ And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real/ They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels,' he raps on "1985", which is already considered to be a standout on the album.

As is usual when a Cole album drops, Twitter is on fire. You can take a look at some early responses to the project below and stream it via Spotify.


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