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For Some Eyes Only

Multi-platinum artist, J Cole, ended 2016 with a bang by releasing long-awaited “4 Your Eyez Only”.

Enrique Menodza

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In 2014, Jermaine Cole, released the album, 2014 Forest Hill Drive, which later would become the first double platinum record with no features in 25 years. The last to do it was the Wu Tang Clan, releasing, ‘Enter the Wu Tang’ in 1993.

After two long years of waiting, Jermaine released two songs, ‘False Prophets’ and ‘Everybody dies’, followed by his new album, “4 your eyez only.” The two singles emphasize the ‘trials and tribulations’ of being a star and takes shots at rappers for either growing soft, and showing the real side of themselves or being temporary eight week rappers.

In 4 Your Eyez Only, J Cole reminds us of his storytelling skills. He tells the story of his point of views throughout his lifetime. He especially invokes the death of his friend, James McMillan Jr.

“4 Your Eyez Only plunges deep into J. Cole’s soul. You can clearly hear it in his voice—pleading, testifying, on the verge of cracking. At center stage with no featured guests, the North Carolina rapper speaks out on social ills, black lives, and doing the right thing in a world of wrong. The music is settled, filled with jazz touches and strings, allowing the words to become the focus. “Neighbors” and “Change” examine imbalances and tension affecting communities of color. “Foldin’ Clothes” shows that even benign acts can be a source of joy. The two-part suite “She’s Mine” may be the most important songs he’s written, as Cole finds himself overcome by a strange feeling: hope.” (Apple Music)

 

 

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