J. Cole dropped his new album KOD Friday. Though it is indeed 4/20 and the thought of meticulously parsing through lyrics sounds like a bit of a stretch in that context, fans have wasted no time doing so. "1985 (Intro to 'The Fall Off')," specifically, is receiving quite a bit of attention for its closing moments.
Though Cole opens the final KOD track with a nod to his own birth year and some encouragement for the latest wave of rap stars, Cole eventually takes a more critical tone. Cole doesn't call anyone out by name, of course, but fans quickly pointed to lyrical excerpts that they feel show Cole is talking about a specific assortment of fellow artists, including Lil Pump.
Some have even theorized that Cole is also sharing words of criticism and/or wisdom for Lil Uzi Vert and Smokepurpp. Below, because hey why not, we've broken down the fan theories surrounding "1985." Who, exactly, is Cole trying to reach?