J. Cole drops his latest project 4 Your Eyez Only, and it’s something entirely novel, fresh, and introspective.
When you first hear the instrumentals of the first track, you are welcomed to the wondrous Cole world. Vocals, bells, and sounds surrounding encompass you as you blast the tunes and tones of the music. The American Hip hop recording artist and rapper extremely transformed from his past self and found a new vocal aura to capture via this studio album.
He raises the volume as he incorporates percussion and spoken word/monologues interspersed throughout the entirety of the compilation, a trend, as of late, amongst hip hop and R&B artists.
This North Carolina-born singer similarly includes the assistance and production talents of other Roc Nation & Dreamville music industry moguls such as: Elite and Ron Gilmore for production, Ari Lennox as a vocalist on “Change,” Vinylz, Boi-1da (“Deja Vu”), Cardiak (“Immortal”), and BLVK and Childish Major (“4 Your Eyez Only”). What is fascinating is the fact that he did not include any features on this project (something that rappers do left and right constantly and consistently). This really made Cole distinguish himself from the sea of superstars, and he should be commended for that.
He’s a big deal, and not many recognize that. He’s an artist with a lot of talent and a lot to give, but is also one of the most underrated musicians out there. He’s had successful albums since first his studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011), then to Born Sinner (2013), to Forest Hills Drive (2014), to now 4 Your Eyez Only (2016). This is not including his multiple mixtapes including: The Come Up (2007), The Warm Up (2009), Friday Night Lights (2010), and Revenge of the Dreamers (with Dreamville) (2014).
What makes this familiar approach of rap album creation stand out amongst the others (e.g. Life of Pablo– Kanye West, Blonde– Frank Ocean, Coloring Book– Chance The Rapper, etc.) is that it is more low key, less operatic, less aggressive, and more evenly toned. It sounds like our Dreamville Cole, yet with a more mellow, retro vibe.
Nonetheless, I say bravo to this pioneer of his own hip hop domain as he treks into more musical experimentation.
In addition, this new project received a ton of satisfied responses and excited reactions, and to only make this more exotic and enticing, a fan came up with a theory relating to the storyline embedded within the core of Cole’s album. The fan believed that the album was truly a story about Cole’s own friend who fell in love, reached out to his daughter, and was killed by the street violence of his hometown. Here is the post below:
Give this new production a listen now and support our man J. Cole: