Music Review: J Cole’s new album “4 Your Eyez Only”

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J. Cole just released his fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, on Dec. 9, 2016. The album is a follow-up to his 2014 album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which went double platinum without featuring any other artists. His new album is bigger than the previous album because he talks more about the struggles black people face in America and how the system wants him to sell his soul to the music industry.

The content of this album was so realistic. Some songs that really caught my attention was the song, “She’s Mine Pt. 1,” where he talks about music knowing him better than he knows himself and his love for music. I loved the way he broke it down because he made the audience think he was talking about a girl, but really he was referring to his music.

A friend of J. Cole’s told him that he (his friend) had a feeling about dying before he could see his daughter grow, so he asked J. Cole if he could include the letter he wrote to his daughter in the album. J. Cole went along and did this. His friend ended up dying that week.

From the 2014 album, the song, “Adolescence” is about himself. He grew up really poor. In school, he asked one of his friends if he could sell dope and his friends were like ‘Nah, bro, you got a bigger future. I don’t want you to get stuck here.’ His new album features part two of “Adolescence” and it’s called “Neighbors.” In the song, he talks about his friends and the people in his neighborhood, then he explains the struggles they were (and are) facing and what he went through. It was really deep.

I was shocked when I found out people slept on him. I don’t understand why, because in this album, he’s painting pictures of hope. J. Cole’s songs put people in that state of mind, you know, when you just think to yourself. He says things that people and other rappers are afraid to say, so I think people should listen to the album.