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J. Cole

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Detroit has played an unsuspecting role in J. Cole’s 2018 chart-topping record KOD, which he dropped by surprise in April. The first artist to be signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in 2010, the 33-year-old rapper has said that KOD was conceived shortly after taking in Kendrick Lamar’s Detroit performance last year. For the album’s artwork — a painting which depicts children indulging in lean, pills, and cocaine, with the tagline, “This album is in no way intended to glorify addiction” — J.Cole enlisted young Detroit artist Sixmau. This time around, J. Cole will headline and dish out some inspiration with support from Jaden Smith.

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