Although it might be his birthday, Brooklyn musician KOTA the Friend is giving his fans the gifts by holding an album signing for his album EVERYTHING on October 16.

EVERYTHING is KOTA the Friend’s, born Avery Marcel Joshua Jones, fourth studio album and features appearances from artists Joey Bada$$, Braxton Cook, Bas, KYLE, and more.

The album also includes an interlude track by Lupita Nyong’o, the first song on the Biden/Harris Inauguration Playlist, and one from actor Lakeith Stanfield.

KOTA the Friend has repeatedly turned down major record labels to remain an independent artist, and released his debut mixtape Palm Tree Liquor in 2016, following it a year later with his second mixtape, Paloma Beach.

His first independent studio album Anything was released in 2018, followed by his second album Foto in 2019, which was ranked 17th best Hip Hop album of the year by Rolling Stone. His third album, Lyrics to GO, Vol. 1, was released in 2020, along with his album EVERYTHING — which peaked at 162 on the Billboard 200.

In 2021, KOTA the Friend has so far released two albums: Lyrics to GO, Vol. 2 and To Kill a Sunrise in collaboration with Statik Selektah.

The multitalented Brooklyn artist will be holding the signing at Bedford Stuyvesant’s SKAL BK (373 Lewis Avenue) at 3:30pm on Saturday, October 16.


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Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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