Months after the release of his fifth studio album, KOD, rapper J.Cole announced the KOD Tour, featuring 36 dates.
The theme of the tour revolves around his latest album-a concept album on pain and ways people deal with it. The acronym KOD can be mean Kids On Drugs, King OverDosed or Killing Our Demons. Together, the distinct meanings address the current prevalence of kids using illegal substances and Cole’s struggle with substance abuse. But his themes don’t stop there. He also feature healthy methods that can help one to overcome pain.
Cole’s Columbus concert took place in the Schottenstein Center at the Ohio State University on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices ranged from $30-60.
Opening acts EARTHGANG, followed by Jaden Smith, and then Young Thug, kicked off the night with performances of their most popular hits to get the crowd hyped for Cole, who appeared about an hour and a half after the final act.
J. Cole began his performance with “Window Pain-Outro” with an accompanying video which set up the theme for the tour.
The set list included 24 songs, varying between the KOD album and his previous albums including 4 Your Eyez Only, 2014 Forest Hills Drive and Cole World.
Cole performed accordingly, depending on the song’s topic. More personal songs such as “Ville Mentality” and “Love Yourz” evoked a softer feeling within the audience while “ATM” and “Motiv8” created a more excited vibe. He also performed some of his older hits including “Work Out” and “Nobody’s Perfect.”
Cole concluded with “1982-The Fall Off” which gave his opinion on new age rappers and rap culture, and the last song off the setlist, “No Role Modelz,” ended the night on a high note.