KOD (an initialism for Kids on Drugs, Kings Overdosed and Kill Our Demons) is the fifth studio album by American rapper J. Cole. It was released on April 20, 2018 through Dreamville Records, Roc Nation and Interscope Records.
The majority of the production on the album was handled by Cole himself, along with others such as T-Minus, Mark Pelli, BLVK and Ron Gilmore. The album incorporates elements of jazz rap and trap, Cole has stated that the production and rhyme schemes used throughout the album was inspired by SoundCloud rap. The album explores a variety of topics including drug abuse, addiction, depression, greed, African-American culture, and taxation in the United States.
The album was supported by two singles: "KOD" and "ATM", both debuted in the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In August 2018, Cole embarked on the KOD Tour, to promote the album.
KOD received positive reviews from critics and debuted atop the US Billboard 200, selling 397,000 album-equivalent units in its first week (174,000 coming from pure sales), earning Cole his fifth consecutive number-one album in the country, while also breaking several streaming records. The album has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album also debuted at number-one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand. KOD appeared on several music publications' mid-year.