REVIEW: 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY x J. COLE

REVIEW: 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY x J. COLE

I've found it hard in the past to be a J. Cole fan.  Not to say his music isn't good but there's usually no mood for it for me outside of vaguely listening to a few tracks as they stream while I'm in the gym.  His music has been the center of debates among real music enthusiasts and generally dismissed by the world of trap rap fans. I've been guilty of more or less dismissing his music myself, and because I know that it isn't altogether bad to me, I decided to listen to this project, thoroughly and figure out how I feel about it, track by track. Here it goes.

1] FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS:

FEELS LIKE: This track feels like negro spiritual meets David lamenting in (just about all of) Psalms (Old Testament in the Bible).  It gives a "thesis" vibe in a sense that, the entire project will carry the same weight by way of content (I'm not anticipating any cuts about b*tches with big butts) .    
*REPLAY QUALITY: 3
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Effects complementary to Lyrics

2] IMMORTAL:

FEELS LIKE: Just another J Cole story. 
REPLAY QUALITY: 0
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Relatable

3] DEJA VU:

FEELS LIKE: Just another J Cole story 
REPLAY QUALITY:
1
HIGHLIGHTS: Content

4] VILLE MENTALITY: 

FEELS LIKE: This beat felt like stories poured from aged pain. The soundbites added to the vibe and Cole's lyrics weren't bad but they still left much to be desired.   
REPLAY QUALITY: 2
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Hook, Soundbites, Instrumental

5] SHE'S MINE, PT 1

FEELS LIKE: This track feels like the scene in a film where a boy who isn't too good at expressing himself is forced to share his feelings with the girl that he's been friends with for some time.  It feels intentionally timid from the beat to the delivery.  Even some of the lyrics complement the shy vibe; "while i'm too scared to expose myself, it turns out, you know me better than I know myself." Certainly one of the better tracks on this project so far. 
REPLAY QUALITY:  5
HIGHLIGHTS: Hook, General Vibe, Relatable  

6] CHANGE:

FEELS LIKE: This track feels like the offspring of "If I Ruled The World" and "Keep Your Head Up" that had no desire of traveling the path its parents paved.   
REPLAY QUALITY:
2
HIGHLIGHTS: Upbeat 

7] NEIGHBORS:

FEELS LIKE: This cut feels a little different than standard Cole. The content sounds about the same but the flow is a little bit more compatible with the beat which gives the whole track a little more than the usual J. Cole "I got a story to tell" sound.   
REPLAY QUALITY: 5
HIGHLIGHTS: Flow 

8] FOLDIN CLOTHES:

FEELS LIKE: This track feels a little more charismatic than the rest. It's more apparent in the lyrics than the delivery but more charismatic nonetheless. 
REPLAY QUALITY: 3
HIGHLIGHTS: Content

9] SHE'S MINE, PT 2

FEELS LIKE: Track 5 evolved. It graduated in confidence and experience. Same vibes different stage of life.  
REPLAY QUALITY: 4
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Flow

10] 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY:

FEELS LIKE: This piece sounds like Cole's usual storytelling. However, in context as a (rumored) letter from a friend of Cole to his (Cole's friend's) daughter, it feels a little like a sneak peek into a layered relationship that warrants that usual storytelling, conversational tone.
REPLAY QUALITY: 2
HIGHLIGHTS: Content

Not a bad project overall.  Nothing less than expected from Cole but I'd personally like to see what else Jermaine has to offer us, sonically.  I'm certainly not expecting him to deliver any Kendrick level charisma or a Kanye range of content but I'd like J. Cole to make me feel more.

 

 

*REPLAY QUALITY = how likely am I to listen to this track past the first (few) time(s). 

Kimolee Eryn is an artist and writer who believes in creating for a purpose beyond the purpose of creating. She believes that a life should be lived not just to sustain itself but to cultivate peace, love and growth in all adjacent beings and hopes to exemplify that in all she does.