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J. Cole gets accused of finessing artist behind ‘KOD’ cover out of his bag

Say what you want about J. Cole, whether it be that he looks homeless, is a boring rapper, or needs to put features on his album — I think we can all agree universally agree that he is an overall good dude.

What other artists have gone on tour selling tickets for one dollar or who runs away from the spotlight while others clammer for it? What kind of scum bag makes songs like “Love Yourz,” which is about embracing the struggle of success or even like his latest album, KOD, which addresses addiction?

This is why is shocking to hear that Cole allegedly ripped off the artist who designed the cover art to KOD.

Yesterday a tweet from Sixmau a.k.a. Kamau Haroon, the man who created the artwork for J. Cole’s KOD album, began gaining traction when he went off on a tangent accusing the Dreamville founder of ripping him off in a verbal agreement.

According to Sixmau, Cole allegedly sold merchandise featuring the artist’s work without permission. When asked about how he was swindled, Sixmau elaborated,

“I did all the creative direction for the KOD album and he told me my work was only going to be used for booklet art,” he wrote. “Only to turn around and make merchandise illegally with my art behind my back and profit majorly off it while on tour. Fuck them.”

Twitter continued interrogating Sixmau with questions and he kept fielding them, sharing more information about his dealings with Cole and Dreamville.

“I was in direct contact working strictly with Cole,” he wrote. “His manager is his best friend Ibrahim who was often in the room with him. There is no *people* dreamville is literally J coles day care and the dreamers are like helpless toddlers.”

He added, “The art is my intellectual propertyZ he hired me for my creative work for a specific time period. But during no time was he in possession of the pieces and I left with the artwork still in hand. The original cover is now owned by a collector in Cali who is aware of the sitch.”

Sixmau told another fan, “I did charge. We had a verbal agreement. He broke it. I could sue but it’d be tedious and I’m dealing with an eviction rn on top of all of that.”

Although he was clearly fuming, there were moments he showed reasoning, like admitting fault in not having a written contract.

“Obvioulsy I made a stupid mistake,” he conceded. “It was 2 years ago. I was dumb and star struck even tho I was never a cole fan. We met several times and I looked up to him like a bro. He even encouraged me to open up to him about my personal life. Feel like he used me for inspiration,” he said in a tweet.

Whether this kid has a case or not, I think Cole or someone on the Dreamville squad should address the accusations.

As an artist, Cole should be able to sympathize and understand to the fullest how fickle pay is for that industry. Even if the artist later decided they were dissatisfied with the transaction, what’s the trouble in resolving it?

There’s another side to the story, let’s just hope we get to hear it.