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18 April 2018, 11:49
Cole sparked mild panic amongst his London fanbase.
J. Cole surprised his London fans by performing his entire new album ‘KOD’ at a secret location in the capital city.
The Fayetteville rapper broke the news about the secret gig on Twitter, offering fans the exclusive opportunity to listen to the new album first.
“London. Meet me here today. First come first serve,” he tweeted at 4pm on 17 April.
London. Meet me here today. First come first serve. pic.twitter.com/tPqnY6AE2x— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 17, 2018
Hours later, around 700 fans packed into an East London's Village Underground venue, listening to the highly-anticipated new album.
J. Cole banned all mobile phones and cameras so there is no footage or pictures from the London event.
However the rapper sat on a stool on stage and explained the meaning behind the album name and discussed his process of making it – before playing the album out loud on booming speakers.
The album consists of approximately 13-15 songs and hears Cole flexing his skills as a rapper over 808-heavy instrumentals.
Interestingly, he also played a song which he described as the outro to ‘KOD’ but the intro to another mysterious project.
J. Cole's manager teased footage from the New York listening session on Instagram.
Watch the clip above.
Following the album listening session, fans took to Twitter to react.
J Cole the only rapper/artist to make me bounce from one end of London to another. Worth it!— T (@Theoville1) April 17, 2018
Front row at the J. Cole album listening show. It was amazing.— Simon (@SimonAkin_) April 17, 2018
Kids on Drugs, King’s Overdose, Kill Our Demons. Cole went in hard with this one! Thanks for the free show @JColeNC— cba (@mrdamesi) April 17, 2018
Meanwhile, J. Cole will officially release his ‘KOD’ album to the world on 20th April.