As expected, J. Cole’s fifth studio album KOD emerged as the talk of the town on social media early Friday morning (April 20). Whether he was unabashedly tackling the drug epidemic sprouting up in the hip-hop community or the broken tax system paralyzing U.S. citizens, Cole refused to remain mum on these weighty issues on album number five.
In addition to his gutsy lyricism, once again, Cole took the liberty of handling the majority of the production on KOD, with the exception of “Kevin’s Heart,” which was produced by T-Minus. Cole’s gripping tales were bolstered by his soul-grabbing beats, which included some noteworthy samples. Take a look below and check out which samples were cleared for Cole’s polarizing effort.
On “Motiv8,” Cole World does a masterful job of re-working Junior Mafia’s 1994 classic, “Get Money,” in hopes of brushing off his drug-hungry demons.
“1985 (Intro to The Fall Off)”
On the searing outro track “1985 (Intro to the Fall Off),” J. Cole samples Kanye West’s 2004 track “We Don’t Care” to not only obliterate SoundCloud rappers, but inject a dose of wisdom to the younger generation.
“Once an Addict (Interlude)”
On the gut-wrenching track “Once an Addict,” Cole flips Micha? Urbaniak’s 1978 classic “A Day in the Park” to highlight his friends’ and family’s struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
“The Cut Off”
Here, Cole samples two tracks: Bill Withers’ 1972 song “Kissing My Love” and Takehiro Honda’s 2007 track “Dark and Mellow.” The fourth song from the album finds Cole lamenting on the fact that people constantly take advantage of him and use him.