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4 Your Eyez Only (iTunes)
**Editor’s Note: J. Cole shook up the music world when he unexpectedly dropped two new songs & videos, a documentary, and the release date for a brand new project earlier this month. That’s a big way to makes one’s presence felt again. Especially since one of the singles (“False Prophets”) is said to be aimed at fellow rappers Kanye West and Wale. Though the tracks were not set to appear on the new LP, they made quite an impact and generated hype all the same. The new project (released 12/9) is coined 4 Your Eyez Only and one of The Illixer‘s affiliates decided to send over their thoughts on the collective. Peep what they had to say after the break.
Here we are in the month of December. With the Rap game being diluted with the likes of the new generation’s mumble Rap, we still have artists like J. Cole providing music with substance. His latest effort, 4 Your Eyez Only, comes off as a project that shows maturity and growth. This album is not his ‘most lyrical,’ though it is a very surreal album. Listening to this album, the lyrics feel like they are written not to impress but to express. This album follows Cole from suicidal thoughts to meeting the woman of his dreams and eventually having a beautiful baby girl with her. If you follow the album from beginning to end, you can see the story so vividly. Some of my favorite songs off the album are: