By Kiara Ramirez
“This album is in no way intended to glorify addiction.” Beneath this text is a sobering image: teens consuming various drugs ignorant to what it may possibly lead to. While most popular music will only portray the carefree, fun side to drug use, J.Cole's “K.O.D.” forces you to see how this mentality has damaged many aspects of today's society. While drug use itself is one issue, this problem seeps into other areas of society as well. Many subjects are discussed throughout the album including social media, taxes, guns, education, and the state of democracy.
My most recommended song on the album would have to be “Brackets.” This song creates a vivid picture both with it's title and the vast amount of imagery presented within this lyrical poem. The track, “Brackets,” discusses the power our government system holds when collecting and distributing the country's tax money. Often times, people of color pay into the system but fail to see the equal benefits provided to White America and the upper class. The story told within is one that deeply resonated with me.
With 12 solid tracks and a total playtime of 43 minutes, K.O.D. should definitely be listened to. At the end of listening, it felt somehow therapeutic that someone was able to tackle many tough subjects honestly. A recurring phrase that appears throughout the album is one that can be adopted for everyday life. That phrase is: Choose wisely.