J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only took the rapper from celebrated hitmaker to full-on activist. On KOD, his ruminations on black America and the state of the union are still present, but are less objective reporting and more acquired wisdom from his life as a reluctant superstar. Cole takes rap pundits to task with impassioned, staccato delivery on the title track. And on “Photograph,” he questions the nature of romance in the digital age. KOD's production is minimal throughout, clearing space for Cole's elegantly spun stories of opportunistic friends (“The Cut Off”), modern-day drug culture (“Once an Addict”), and the guilt that success can bring (“FRIENDS”).
"4 Your Eyez Only" is the fourth studio album by American hip-hop recording artist J. Cole includes co-production with such producers as Elite, Cardiak, Chargaux, Ron Gilmore, and Elijah Scarlett.. It was released on December 9, 2016, by Dreamville Records.
One of music’s biggest stars returns home to Fayetteville, North Carolina. Part concert film, part backstage pass, the special tells J. Cole's compelling life story through his own words and music, and through the observations of those who know him best. Featuring guest appearances by Jay Z and Drake, J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming showcases live versions of all 13 songs from his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Cole delivers a powerful performance that leaves his fans elated or in tears, connecting with audiences in a way few others can. Songs from “2014 Forest Hills Drive” include “January 28th,” “Wet Dreamz,” “03’ Adolescence,” “A Tale of 2 Citiez,” “Fire Squad,” “St. Tropez,” “Love Yourz,” “G.O.M.D.,” “No Role Modelz,” “Hello” and “Apparently.”
Named after the address of Cole's childhood home in North Carolina, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is the rapper's third album, and was decidedly released with no supporting singles. It's a personal effort, and produced primarily by Cole himself, with producers Vinylz, Illmind, and Elite lending a hand.