Review: J. Cole Realizes His True Potential on 4 Your Eyez Only

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Note: My music reviews will always be “late.” It is my belief that albums should be listened to in different moods, settings, and after extended breaks, all while conditioning yourself to accept what you were given as opposed to what you wanted. Only then can you give a legitimate and honest critique of the material.

Before I get into this, let me clear the air about something: I have never liked J. Cole. He’s had a few decent singles here and there, but overall, the massive image of him being Hip Hop’s “savior,” which was thrust upon him by his fanbase, never really fit the bill, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Cole has a lot of strong pro-Black beliefs that stem from his upbringing, I think he’s a smart individual, and I think he plays an important role among his contemporaries. However, his musical efforts have always felt a little shallow to me, a little half-baked… Until now. Continue reading