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J. Cole


Fifth full-length album from the North Carolina hip hop artist and Jay-Z protegé

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    Cole’s incisive, mic-dropping end to ‘KOD’ reiterates his importance to the rap game in 2018
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    With only an alter-ego for company, J Cole casts himself as rap’s moral compass with this masterfully pared-back fifth album
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  3. 8.0 |   NOW

    Cycles through the ups and downs of addiction, throwing a few shots at trendy trap-rappers along the way
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  4. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A full-length examination of addictive behavior that gets wacky but never dull
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  5. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The ambitious hip-hop outsider's substance-over-style approach makes for a challenging, powerful listen
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  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    As the value of Cole's witticisms, and the intellect required to decrypt full meaning of his verses, continues to be debated, the increased strength in his clear-cut writing evinces promise of greater work ahead
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  7. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    The North Carolina rapper aims for righteousness but often ends up sounding self-righteous instead
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  8. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Many of the offerings on the album come with little tact and rely more on the strength of the message than artful delivery
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  9. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    J. Cole finds a clarity that few of his peers can match
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  10. 4.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    J. Cole’s raps, but KOD sounds like someone who is either unfamiliar with drug abuse, or is completely unsympathetic to the dynamics of drug abuse in America.
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  11. 3.0 |   Earbuddy

    That K.O.D’s creative high point is comparable to XXX’s creative low point should inform of just how boring the rest of K.O.D is
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