This past weekend J Cole aka Jermaine Cole released his fourth studio album “4 your eyes only”. Before this release he broke the internet by dropping “False Prophets” which some say took shots at Kanye West but I think it’s deeper than that I believe he was talking about rap artist in general and people just immediately thought of Kanye West in those verses and “everybody dies” which he gives us two minutes and thirty seven seconds of just bars. But I digress Let’s talk about this highly intimate album “4 Your Eyes Only” with this album J Cole took use to the deepest part of his soul. I actually had a conversation with a friend about this album well a few friends who said it was boring and it isn’t the same as “Forest Hills Drives” but I do not agree with that. I think that this album has to be one of his best works yet it seems to be a reflection piece or a tribute to someone that was close to him who died at a young. This said person had a story to tell and J Cole told it for him because this person could not tell it him self. In a way he a rapping from someone else’s perspective but before I argue this let me show you the evidence in the tracks and give a brief description of who J Cole is from his lyrics alone. First from what we know of J Cole the artist and person he is a regular guy who lived in regular circumstances well regular for people of our skin tone and ethnic background but that’s another blog post for another time. Regular in a sense he came from a single parent household went to college and graduated and since then and in a sense from the wanted to rap and make money. He achieved that goal and then realized that life isn’t about that life is about making human connections and connecting with people on a mental and spiritual level and his music now reflects that. Overall this is an amazing album coming from the deepest parts of this mans soul and all should give it a listen
Okay picture this I am on the train writing my next blog post heading towards the Museum of natural history and I am just jamming to some Kanye West. Then I must stop and think like this man is really in the hospital due to a mental break down like shit man. This man’s music is literally amazing even though it’s different at this point in his career but he is still producing some hits. It just makes you think what has this man been through mentally, physically and spiritually to force him to become hospitalized. It’s tragic in my opinion just listening to the life of Pablo his latest album it’s filled with some hits such as “Famous” which gives you an old-school beat sped up and with Rihanna signing the hook you can catch a vibe from this song especially towards the end. Then we have Real friends which gives you an in depth look of what this artist is going through with family, friends and business associates. Then we have “Ultralight Beams” which gives us a real church vibe and then breaks it back with some dope rap lyrics. We can’t forget “Fade” now fade is something special he isn’t saying much but the beats and the rhythm of the beats makes you want to get up and dance. Last and not least we have “Saint Pablo” now this would be the magna opus of this album by telling his truths on this track and letting it all go how many people can say they could do that on a track. I mean this isn’t a sympathy post for the man but just a post to show this man’s work and before the main streams media tried to crucify him just imagine what he is going threw to be great.