Cole announced that the new K.O.D. album will arrive on Friday (April 20), which is ironically the same date as the globally recognized “Weed Day.” What makes the release so ironic is the three meanings behind the album’s acronym, which was released with the track list and cover artwork for the project on Wednesday (April 18): Kids on Drugs, King Overdose and Kill Our Demons.
The trippy, abstract sketch of the cover depicts a ghostly Cole with a king’s crown and a royal cloak as drug-addicted children sip lean, snort coke and pop pills beneath it. Skeleton heads are also reared behind the children, and a fine-print message atop the portrait reads, “This album is in no way intended to glorify addiction.”
The back cover expands on this image, showing more children floating on a drugged-up cloud nine, complete with more lean, more pills, more cocaine, weed, a needle, more substances and a 12-song track list.
With less than 48 hours before the album’s arrival, the ante is already accelerated to crazy levels. And Dreamville fans are falling off the deep end trying to pull together theories before then.
KOD 4/20 Cover and back pic.twitter.com/2iUaKrI42F— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 18, 2018
Yes he is pic.twitter.com/1KbcFPForP— Joey (@TheOgJoey) April 18, 2018
Yes plssss drag meee pic.twitter.com/upiNKE18mX— luv’s in ya face (@sabiyahh__) April 18, 2018
Oh God pic.twitter.com/ohpOuVwr50— Midori (@greenistnwblack) April 18, 2018
You can see the three meanings of KOD.— J-Alta ♦️ (@AltaMuzik) April 18, 2018
1. King Overdose - the crown on Cole
2. Kill our Demons - the skulls beneath him
3. Kids on Drugs - self explanatory
Interesting cover cause Cole’s are usually simple & direct...this might be an indicator that the music is “different.”
J Cole to the rap game pic.twitter.com/mwDD1NM4aa— $glock (@Money___chaserr) April 18, 2018
“1985 (intro to the fall off)”— Frankie Salles (@FrankieSalles) April 18, 2018
ARE WE ABOUT TO GET TWO NEW COLE ALBUMS🤔🤔
This sums up all the emotions I’ll feel on that day. We are not worthy. pic.twitter.com/IjxKn9f4kJ— Johnathan Butler (@jbutlerxviii) April 18, 2018
Cole World pic.twitter.com/BaxyF6Vrqb— ShesusIsComing👸🏾 (@RemBelushi_) April 18, 2018
this is how i see it pic.twitter.com/Vb9KOVHHDV— ye🇳🇴 (@mathlamenace_) April 18, 2018
J. Cole is dropping an album called kids on drugs on the most celebrated day of smokking lol that man is a genius! However niggas still gon hit the blunt Mr. Cole I apologize in advance— Dom G (@DominickSinger) April 18, 2018
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