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J. Cole Dropping New Album Friday After Surprise Listening Session in NYC

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Hip hop artist J. Cole performs at the Forum on July 11, 2017 in Inglewood, California.
Hip hop artist J. Cole performs at the Forum on July 11, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

*Rapper J. Cole hit fans Monday with a surprise listening session at New York’s Gramercy Theatre, where he played all 12 tracks from his unannounced upcoming album.

He then announced that the album is coming out this Friday, April 20 (a.k.a. 4/20).

Titled “Kod,” Cole’s fifth studio effort will be released on his own Dreamville label via Roc Nation and Interscope.

According to tweets from writer Brian Miller (via Miss Info), who was at the session, the title has three different “subtitles: Kidz on Drugz, King Overdose and Kill Our Demonz.”

The North Carolina native had announced his pop up show via Twitter Monday afternoon with a message with a purple background saying “NYC. Come through. Couple hours from now. First come first serve,” also stating “No phones, no cameras, no bags, no press list not guest list.” The album announcement followed five hours later.

He used a similar tactic to drop his third album “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” and announced the release of his fourth album, 2016’s “4 Your Eyes Only,” with just an iTunes pre-order page.

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