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J. Cole Releases First Project in Two Years, ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

4 Your Eyez Only

Two years after releasing 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole is back with a new album.

Having only given a one week, J. Cole released his newest album, 4 Your Eyez Only, the same way he did his previous release–with short notice and no features.

Preorders, announcements, videos and new song releases for the album were all pushed out within two days last week, overwhelming fans with new content from an artist that has remained musically quiet, for the most part, for the last two years.

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known as J. Cole, has been quiet on his personal social media accounts, but has had his announcements and releases come by way of the social media accounts of his label, Dreamville Record. After the initial announcement, a 40-minute documentary was released for free on the music-streaming service Tidal which included a couple of tracks on it that were confirmed as not being a part of the new album. The documentary was then uploaded to Youtube.

Both “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” were released separately a couple of days ago.

There are speculations that the songs were taking shots at other rappers such as Kanye West, Wale, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, but without their names having been used–they are unconfirmed. One artist who released a song after the release of the Cole tracks was Wale, who released “Groundhog Day,” a song many thought to have been a diss directed toward J. Cole. The Jake One-produced track was posted to Wale’s Soundcloud page and was instantly posted to numerous music websites.

A lot of the song’s lyrics can be directed at J. Cole in varying capacities, but at the end of the track, Wale says “See you at the game, bro.” Hours after posting the song, Wale posted a video to his Twitter of both him and J. Cole at a basketball game, with the same caption.

A similar situation occurred last year when CyHi The Prynce released “Elephant in the Room” which featured heavy mentions of his label-boss Kanye West. Many called it a diss to him, but it was revealed afterward the song was approved by West.

Cole’s 10-track album comes with seemingly no features once again–something Cole did with his last album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The album before that one, Cole featured rappers, but not in a traditional rapping capacity.

Both Ab-Soul, among others, have released their album today. The album is officially out on iTunes and we’ll update with Spotify when it is available. Spotify.

 

 

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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