Up until Eminem decided to surprise release his new album Kamikaze, J. Cole had the clear leading contender for 2018’s Album of the Year with his own surprise album KOD, which was released at the beginning of the summer on April 20.
Along with the record, Cole announced that the KOD Tour planned to kick-off on August 9 in Miami, as well as the announcement of the inaugural Dreamville Festival in September in the rappers home state of North Carolina. The festival is named after the record label, of which Cole founded.
Fresh off dropping an incredible freestyle, aptly named “Album of the Year” and subliminally announcing two projects to be released by the end of the year.
The KOD Tour makes its way to Little Caesars Arena right after the Dreamville Festival, hitting Detroit on September 21. Cole is joined by his alter-ego KiLL Edward, Earthgang, Jaden Smith, and Young Thug.
J. Cole has found his place at the top of the hip-hop scene with his last three albums: 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 4 Your Eyez Only, and KOD. All three of the records follow the rappers theme of going platinum with no features. KOD’s ascent to No. 1 on the Billboard Charts marks the fifth No. 1 album in the rhyme-sayers career, one for each of his five studio albums.
Cole is preparing to release the highly anticipated The Fall Off, which was hinted at with the last track off of KOD, titled “1985 (Into to The Fall Off),” a track in which J. Cole respond’s to the diss track aimed at him released by popular mumble-rapper Lil Pump.
Fans are expecting another project from Cole to arise in the future, presumably a mixtape by the name The Offseason. The mixtape name plays off projects that Cole released while he was a rapid up-and-comer, The Come Up and The Warm Up.
Between Cole’s success with KOD, the Dreamville Festival, the KOD Tour, the possibility of new music, and the buzz surrounding his name, Cole has had a remarkable 2018 up to this point…
And it can only get better from here.