J. Cole's "KOD" Cover Art Reaction
What a difference a week makes, huh? The Internet is buzzing with the image of the cover for J. Cole's new album. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but only one comes to mind with this picture and that is "statement". The North Carolina native seems to be taking a stand on this new wave of drug-addicted rappers which encompass a new generation of Emcees who are not the sellers of drugs, but the users of it.
Drug use in Hip-Hop is nothing new but it has never been out in the open as it has in the recent history. One of the more popular songs in past year was Future's "Mask Off" where the song's chorus is a rhythmic repeat of two drugs: " Percocets, molly, Percocets".
That, paired with numerous other drug filled songs and videos has led to massive prescription drug use to our younger generation in the urban community.
Growing up in the Bronx in middle or high school in the mid-2000's, the worst thing one did after school was smoke some weed or drink; you would never have someone offer you pills. The only time you would see something like that was if you were watching Saved by the Bell and an older scruffy looking kid stole pills from his mom's medicine cabinet. Pills were just not something a part of the older generation, the generation that J. Cole is a part of.
Being one of the elder statesmen in Hip-Hop, Cole is projecting a hard stance on this new generation. Will he deliver? Will a line be drawn in the sand? Will Cole become the gatekeeper Hip-Hop needs? We will find out this Friday on 4/20 when his fifth studio album KOD releases.
Be sure to check out the 2KidsFromTheBronx Podcast soon afterward where we will review the J. Cole project, stay tuned for that written review as well.