J.Cole Goes Platinum For The Third Time With No Features
J.Cole has done it again. The rapper's fifth number one album KOD has gone platinum without any features.
On Thursday (Dec. 20), the RIAA's official list of Top Certified Gold & Platinum Awards for 2018 was released, confirming Cole's critically-acclaimed album hit platinum status as of Dec. 5. Chart Data also confirmed the moment Thursday, just seven months after he went gold.
While his alter-ego kiLL edward is featured on "The Cut Off" and "Friends," the album is essential 100 percent Jermaine. Somewhat of a surprise release for fans, Cole's approach to KOD was layered and poignant as he addressed the trends of drug raps, addition, infidelity and rap's generation gap. The album was ignored by the Grammys, but that hasn't stopped critics from boasting KOD as their top album or the year. Its also included in a few of our year-end lists.
Cole wasn't the only rapper to go platinum with no features this year. In April, Russ achieved the same feat with his album There's Really A Wolf. Both are apart of an elite group of rap wordsmiths who've sold a million units without any features. They famously include Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Beastie Boys' Paul’s Boutique, LL Cool J's Bigger and Deffer (BAD) and Vanilla Ice's To The Extreme, just to name a few.