J. Cole
4 Your Eyez Only


4.0
excellent

Review

by Thealwaysopenedmind USER (7 Reviews)
December 9th, 2016 | 163 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: J. Cole is back with what can be considered his most important album to date.

With 4 Your Eyez Only, J. Cole delivers an album that is short and to the point without sacrificing quality or impact. 4 Your Eyez Only is an album that tells a story of personal struggle, tragic losses, and new beginnings.

Cole’s tracks on this album are mostly guided by jazz infused instrumentals that include smooth, sometimes melancholic pianos as well as ethereal strings. Other tracks such as Immortal and Deja Vu offer more of a trap inspired beat structure with vocal samples and synths. The instrumentals are engaging, yet laid-back, giving the listener a chill experience without being mundane or drab.

However, the subject matter of J. Cole’s songs on this album are what make the experience so compelling. The album begins with an intro that juggles different emotions. Cole talks of how loneliness and a lack of direction in life can lead people to question if they even want to live in the first place.

We then have the two-part track called She’s Mine that talks about Cole meeting his first love and how it gives him a purpose in life. The story progresses, with Foldin Clothes being a sister track in which Cole is now married to his love and is living a happy life of Netflix, Raisin Bran with almond milk, and of course, folding clothes. Finally, She’s Mine Pt. 2 gives us what seems to be the same story as the first, as told by its similar instrumental and lyrics, but comes with a different connotation: Cole’s daughter being born. Cole’s feelings of hope and purpose come yet again, but from a father’s perspective this time.

There is also the track called Change that delves into the reality of how the hood mentality can consume you and that personal change is a matter of taking a look at yourself and making adjustments that can lead to a better life. The track takes a drastic turn at the end in which a friend of Cole is killed as a result of the hood lifestyle. This plot point returns in the title track and accompanies Cole’s message, which is addressed to either his newborn daughter or his friend's daughter according to interpretation.

Overall, 4 Your Eyez Only is the product of J. Coles narrative driven rap style coming full circle into an album that is emotionally captivating. The short track listing offers less room for filler and keeps the message in the forefront. The only track that comes across as filler is the jazz inspired Ville Mentality, but that is only a slight misstep. With an astonishing amount of replay value and a narrative that induces happiness as well as sadness, 4 Your Eyez Only could go down in Cole World history as his most important album yet.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Thealwaysopenedmind
December 9th 2016


712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not even a fan and I thought this was great. My favorites tracks are Change, Neighbors, Foldin Clothes, and 4 Your Eyez Only.

Thealwaysopenedmind
December 9th 2016


712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To the person who gave me a neg, how about you comment and tell me your grievances with the review?

Thealwaysopenedmind
December 9th 2016


712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not a cover....it's a matching song name, which could be considered a reference.

Thealwaysopenedmind
December 9th 2016


712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha. You're funny.

Thealwaysopenedmind
December 9th 2016


712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay?

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2016


57758 Comments


I've never heard a J Cole song but I know he sucks

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faultline25
December 9th 2016


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't get the low rating for this. By far his best project yet.

Thealwaysopenedmind
December 9th 2016


712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@faultline25 I agree.

SmileNerd
December 9th 2016


495 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Decent review, not gonna neg or pos. Agree with the rating tho.

Sinternet
December 9th 2016


24052 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this fuckin blows and i liked Forest Hills Drive

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Futures
December 9th 2016


9977 Comments


hate circlejerk is pretty sad lol

tellah
December 9th 2016


940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is his best album tho



She's Mine pt. 2 is insanely cringeworthy but the rest are great. Love how concise it is too

tellah
December 9th 2016


940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might grow off me a bit but still don't see how it's a 1

Conmaniac
December 9th 2016


26371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haven't finished a J Cole album tbh but some of his songs are fun. i don't really wanna listen to this in full either but hopefully there's a couple bangers

oltnabrick
December 9th 2016


40167 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

in to the garbage it goes

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Futures
December 9th 2016


9977 Comments


thing is old gay is actually bad and i'm the only one saying it how is that a circlejerk

oltnabrick
December 9th 2016


40167 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

thought it was a yachty diss



but still agreed either way

Conmaniac
December 10th 2016


26371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"only one" lol

and yeah Deja Vu lyrics are awful but Immortal i kinda fuck with tbh

Conmaniac
December 10th 2016


26371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i decided to listen to this in full lol. 4 songs in

Conmaniac
December 10th 2016


26371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah this is kinda average the first two tracks were promising tho



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