4 Your Eyez Only released Friday 12/9/16
4th album released exactly 2 years after 2014 Forrest Hills Drive. To Me this is a great follow up album to 2014 FHD. As a J. Cole fan from the very first mixtape, I was a little nervous as to what J. Cole was going to present to his fans this time around. The two years we had to wait for this body of work was worth it. As I always say when debating or presenting facts about J. Cole you hear the growth in this album. I feel overall the album is told through the eyes of someone else and also J. Cole’s eyes on topics. I think the more bodies or work J. Cole present to us we can almost negate his debut album. I only say negate because it was the most commercial, unlike the mixtape J. Cole of all the albums he has released. I took to the mixtape J. Cole because I connected to the stories he was bringing to life. Very solid album and definitely would call it his second classic album.
1. For When the Bell Tolls: I think this is a great opening for this album. The words paint the picture of the search of hope. A lot of J. Cole’s music has a big undertone of hope. Reality is also presented in this track….life (hope) vs death (everyone has to face it one day).
2. Immortal: This is a perfect follow up song to the opening song. I say that because we fall right into the story of a young drug dealer. I love the hook of the song because it tends to be the cry of young men and their “heroes” they uphold to standard of being real or a “hood legend”. Again, a great story bought to life on a beat that has you bobbing your head and listening to all the instruments used on this beat. At least, this is how my brain works.
3. Déjà vu: Probably one of my top three songs that I love on this album. Again, I’m big on painting pictures and bringing stories to life. I can totally see this story and already see the video in my head. Now, I know this is such a commercial song because of the sample being used but this is not new for J. Cole. This is the 2016 Work Out/Can’t Get Enough, Power Trip, or Wet Dreamz. It will get radio play, have a nice video, but has a great message to get more ears that are still missing out on the J. Cole train. This is probably my favorite commercial type song he has done.
4. Ville Mentality: Another song that I love for the story being told. Ville Mentality can easily be inserted with the name of your city of your current mentality you are trying to escape. Nigga play me, never!
5. She’s Mine, Pt 1: The person that loves love, I’m in love with this song. It describes the feeling of real love for the first time, knowing that it is really real. The physical and mental portions of love. He kept it real in the tone/eyes of the person we are experiencing this album through. She gets him, you get me. I love it!
6. Change: Change is the 2016 Crooked Smile…good positive song
7. Neighbors: Another top favorite of mine…the hook alone draws you in. The neighbors thinks I’m selling dope…well motherfucker, I am. No matter how much legal success you have you will have “neighbor” type figures ready to tear down that success when they feel you look like a stereotype.
8. Foldin Clothes: My top song from the album…again, it’s dealing with the idea of being in love. The idea of folding clothes is so simple and that’s exactly what real love should be. About wanting to do the simple things for the person you love. Folding clothes can be literal in a sense and also metaphorical. Beautiful song
9. She’s Mine Pt 2: Beautiful song about being a father, another form love that has J. Cole in a rare beautiful and personal form on this song. Such a pretty song
10. 4 Your Eyez Only: Great way to wrap up this album, the song reminds me of a type of song Nas would record. It is revealed on this song that this album is about the life of James McMillian Jr, a friend of J. Cole.