It’s been a few years since rapper J. Cole catapulted to fame with Forest Hills Drive, but the 33-year-old rapper is back and hitting the road with his latest album, KOD. Cole announced the upcoming tour on Instagram on May 8th, shortly after dropping new music and staging surprise performances. KOD was released just a few weeks ago on April 20, breaking records on Spotify and Apple Music straight out of the gate.
“KOD” debuted to a massive 4.2 million streams in its first day, beating out Taylor Swift’s previous record–a whopping 3.8 million first-day-streams for her track, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Another KOD song, “Photograph,” broke the Top 5 on its opening day with 3.5 million streams. Beyond the record-breaking opening day streams, people are actually buying KOD in CD form. Physical copies are flying off the shelves, such that Cole, himself couldn’t get his hands on the album at his local Target in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Cole has been quietly gearing up for the KOD tour– hosting surprise shows in New York City and London, announcing the first Dreamville festival, and of course, breaking streaming records on Spotify and Apple Music. J Cole’s latest move has been the announcement of a full US tour, which will run through the summer and fall.
The album cover hints at the content–you’ll see an illustrated depiction of a zombified Cole, surrounded by children consuming a variety of drugs. And while drugs do make an appearance in various tracks, this latest installment features songs that cover the full spectrum of addiction–from drugs to infidelity and even our latest vice, social media.
KOD, Cole revealed, comes with three different meanings; Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed, and Kill Our Demons. While Cole quickly offered up the meanings of the cryptic album title, he says the rest of the content is up to our own interpretation. J Cole brings special guest, Young Thug along for most of the ride, a 34-date trek kicking off on August 9th at the American Airlines Arena in Miami and wrapping up at TD Garden in Boston. Stops along the way include Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, New York, and more before wrapping it all up at TD Garden in Boston.
Tickets are currently available through StubHub.
KOD Tour Dates
8/9 – Miami, FL — American Airlines Arena
8/11 – Tampa, FL — Amelia Arena
8/12 – Atlanta, GA — Infinite Energy Center
8/13 – New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center
8/14 – Houston, TX — Toyota Center
8/17 – San Antonio, TX — AT&T Center
8/18 – Dallas, TX — American Airlines Center
8/21 – Phoenix, AZ — Talking Stick Resort Arena
8/22 – San Diego, CA — Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl SDSU
8/24 – Los Angeles, CA — Staples Center
8/29 – Oakland, CA — Oracle Arena
9/2- Boise, ID — Taco Bell Arena
9/4 – Sacramento, CA — Golden 1 Center
9/5 – Anaheim, CA — Honda Center
9/7 – Las Vegas, NV — T-Mobile Arena
9/8 – Salt Lake City, UT — Vivint Smart Home Arena
9/10 – Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
9/12 – Little Rock, AR — Verizon Arena
9/13 – Birmingham, AL — Legacy Arena at The BJCC
9/17 – Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena
9/18 – Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
9/19 – Minneapolis, MN — Target Center
9/21 – Detroit, MI — Little Caesar’s Arena
9/22 – Chicago, IL — Allstate Arena
9/23 – Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
9/25 – Buffalo, NY — KeyBank Center
9/26 – Hartford, CT — XL Center
9/28 – University Park, PA — Bryce Jordan Center
10/1 – New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
10/4 – Toronto — Air Canada Centre
10/5 – Montreal — Bell Centre
10/6 – Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
10/8 – Washington, DC — Capital One Arena
10/10 – Boston, MA — TD Garden
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