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J. Cole releases Tupac-inspired ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

J Cole - Photo Credit Eddy 'Precise' Lamarre
J Cole – Photo Credit Eddy ‘Precise’ Lamarre

We could be on the verge of another platinum album with no features.

J. Cole has returned to the mainstage with his new album, “4 Your Eyez Only.” A play off of Tupac’s 1996 masterpiece All Eyez On Me, 4 Your Eyez Only follows the same blueprint that Cole used two years ago for “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” which is, surprise then release to the masses. He released a 40-minute documentary on Tidal to accompany the album as well as two controversial tracks titled, “False Prophets” and “Everybody Gotta Die.”

On “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” and “Immortal,” J. Cole expresses a sense of survivor’s remorse which is common for an inner-city kid who has accomplishments under his belt. Cole grew up fatherless in the violent streets of Fayetteville, North Carolina so his success comes as a gift and a curse in various ways.

“Cause they only feel you after you gone, or I been told, and now I’m caught between being heard and getting old.”

“Déjà vu” samples K.P. Envy’s hit song “Swing My Way,” which is also the sample that birthed one of the biggest singles this year, being “Exchange” by Bryson Tiller. Classic Cole can be heard on this track with him singing his own ad-libs and breaking down messages of importance in different vocal tones.

On “She’s Mine Part 1,” he dedicated the entire track to the special lady in his life. Vulnerability and gratitude are the main ingredients which makes up Part 1 and “She’s Mine Part 2,” which is dedicated to his newborn daughter. On this album, Pac spoke through Cole with his constant imagery of success, love, and death which we can all relate to as Hip-Hop fans.

Go purchase J Cole’s new album “4 Your Eyez Only”. You can also stream the album below on Spotify.

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