Listen: J. Cole’s growth continues with ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

Conor Clancy

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J. Cole’s fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, has continued his ascendency to becoming one of hip-hop’s greats.

J. Cole performing live. Photo: Getty Images.

Following the success of 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which became the first rap album in 25 years to go platinum – and then double platinum – without any features, there was enormous pressure on the Fayetteville-born rapper to deliver another modern classic.

The 32-year-old lyricist duly obliged, and his latest release has since gone on to follow its precursor in also achieving platinum certification – again with no featured verses.

J.Cole illustrates the struggles of a young maturing black male in the United States. Throughout, he flips from his own viewpoint to that of a close friend, who was shot down and killed at 22.

The album takes the form of a letter to his passed friend’s daughter.

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Conor Clancy