The Real a.k.a J. Cole is deep in his hip-hop bag since the release of his K.O.D. album and its eponymous follow-up tour bringing flames to 34 cities and kicking off on Thursday (August 9).
Dreamville fans around the country are anxiously awaiting the North Carolina rap icon’s arrival in their respective cities, along with his alter rap ego kiLL Edward, two-man talent Dreamville extension Earthgang, Atlanta trap music rap star Young Thug, and hip-hop’s famed prodigy, Jaden Smith. Cole’s making the wait worthwhile with a new freestyle drop-off that’s keeping the anticipation hot and the bars ice cold: “Album of the Year (Freestyle).”
The “ATM” rapper has long been a student of Escobar’s, penning tracks like “Let Nas Down” on his debut Born Sinner album, and heralding the Queens rap icon as one of his largest hip-hop influences.
Proclaiming the chart-topping, record-breaking KOD project as the official album of the year, Cole drops bar after bar on his popularized conscious state of hip-hop mind, the young rap generation, a nod to the Dreamville squad and a shout-out to the late Notorious B.I.G.
“KOD, album of the year, undebatably,” he raps. “My cadence be the greatest we've seen since the late MC who's name was The Notorious/Dreamville stacked like the Warriors/ Winning back to back/ Next up to bat is my n**ga Bas/ After that Jiddy-J.I.D/ That's that New York City kid plus ATL.”
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