The rapper revealed the news on Twitter, and while he didn't give up many official details, he did include the cryptic abbreviation "K.O.D." — prompting many to assume that it could be the title of the impending record.
New album. KOD 4/20— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 17, 2018
Prior to making the announcement, Cole hosted an impromptu free pop-up event at Gramercy Theatre in New York last night (April 16). It served as an album listening party rather than a concert, and as such, no phones or cameras were allowed in the venue.
NYC. Come through. Couple hours from now. First come first serve. pic.twitter.com/Z71I9iRnnu— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 16, 2018
That didn't stop some attendees from tweeting about the event afterward. Brian Miller of Rap Radar reported that "K.O.D." represents three different subtitles: Kidz on Drugz, King Overdose and Kill Our Demonz. He also reported that Cole recorded the album over the span of two weeks, and that the LP seems to be free from any guest contributors.
new #jcole album title: k.o.d.— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
three different subtitles (kidz on drugz, king overdose, kill our demonz)
recorded in two weeks.
cole played the entire album. about 12 songs.— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
experimenting with flow.
standout tracks were the intro and last song, "1985". no word on release date. but it's coming.
i'm also assuming the subtitles have Z at the end. kinda on brand.— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
no. didn't hear any. https://t.co/nbs74L8xKv— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) April 17, 2018
Since releasing his last studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, Cole has guested on cuts by the likes of Miguel and Jeezy. He's also been the subject of an HBO documentary.