T he legendary, polarizing rapper J. Cole, finally released his fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only today. The entire album is somewhat subdued, lacking the Radioskugga - Ljusglimtar Ur Radioskugga bass ridden tracks that ran throughout Forest Hills Drive.
In fact, he sort of lives up to his moniker as the boring rapper on this album, which plenty of his haters will definitely use as an example to make the case that J. Cole is one of the most boring rappers of our current generation.
Cole has always been about telling a story and getting an overall message across Arise - Risk - The Reborn his audience. The album is a story. It starts off about a young man who is on the streets, drug dealing and hustling. He has a daughter and his whole stance on what it means to be a man changes. He now understands that he lives for her, but he cannot leave the drug life behind him.
In an almost nine-minute ending track, the young man, now dead, is sending a message to his daughter so that she can understand his story and why he is now gone. If you live outside of the world that he is speaking about, then you can definitely feel the music and vibe with it. But, if you exist in that world, then his music hits you like a ton of bricks, especially for young black men who are leaving their homes and venturing out into a space that is not necessarily accepting of them.
Trying to balance that existence takes a toll on a young man, and J. Cole understands that. This album is poetry. Cole took this old Kanye West model on music and ran with it. But, J. But, what J. Cole did on 4 Your Eyez Red Meat - Jo Jo Gunne - Jumpin The Gunne was reach to his core fans and made an album that they can appreciate.
Whether or not others agree with it is fine for him. Cole seems content with being the polarizing figure that he is, and you have to appreciate his artistry. His wrote his entire album by himself which has become a highly debated topic in the rap community as of late.
We need to absorb his message because it is a deep one. Entertainment Hip-Hop Share Subscribe. By Adrian Marcano on December 9, Sign up for our newsletter. Filters Sort by relevance Sort by recent Sort by Foldin Clothes - J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only. Life in Space Life in Space. Point Foldin Clothes - J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only Point B. Replicant Replicant.
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