J. Cole produced another album called 4 Your Eyez Only that came out on December 9, 2016. It’s produced by Dreamville Records, Roc Nation, and Interscope Records and is his seventh album that he has made and released. The album consists of 10 songs, his smallest album to debut. His last album, 2014 Forest Hill Drive, won album of the year at 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards, so his fans have high hopes for this album.
“For Whom The Bell Tolls” starts off with horns and his voice comes in singing. This is an intro track and is the shortest on the album. The next song is “Immortal”. It seems to be about his career. He talks about how since he has his fame, he will never die. So his legacy will live on. It has nice instrumental part around the end.
”Deja Vu”’s background music was sampled from Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange”.It’s a bit strange that he sampled something from not to long ago, as most artists sample beats from very old songs. The lyrics are different from “Exchange” as well as the meaning. The song is about seeing a mesmerizing girl and immediately needed to go talk to her even if it means she will cheat on her boyfriend.
“Vile Mentality” starts off with smooth jazz and J.Cole comes in soulful and begins singing. The song is very repetitive. It’s over very quickly and he doesn’t do much rapping. The song is more about the little girl who talks.
“She’s Mine pt. 1” commences with a gentle piano playing and Cole singing, “I never felt so alive”. This song is about his daughter and is one of the slower/ballad songs on the album. “It would take me more than some years to get over all my fears preventing me from letting you see me perfectly clear.” Cole raps in the first verse.
“Change” is track six. It has a strong intro and talks mostly about religious themes.
“Neighbors” is very much a rap song. Unlike most of the album, it isn’t very soulful. “Cole feels that although he has many accomplishments with his music career he won’t ever be truly appreciated,” Cameron Dixon interrupted it.
“Foldin’ Clothes” begins with a strong bass line and then comes in with “I wanna fold clothes for you.” The song is about waking up and being the best person he could be. It’s an upbeat song, the most upbeat song on the album.
“She’s Mine pt.2” starts with a baby crying and then Cole singing. This song is clearly about his daughter and wife. “Reminisce when you came out the womb, tears of joy I think it filled the room,” Cole. Just about how amazing she is and about the life they share together.
“4 Your Eyez Only” has a jazz start with horns and a steady bass and the whole song is about his friend and him having this conversation about the life they live. He talks about his daughter and a lot of others things that apart of his complicated living style.
The whole album seems to be for his daughter, hence the name, 4 Your Eyez Only. He talks a lot about her and his wife. In a way it kind of seems like he is going somewhere and never coming back. If you really listen to the last track it definitely sounds like he is leaving and not coming back. Honestly I don’t think that the album met the expectations everyone had.