j cole - 4 your eyez only / by Zack Free

j cole’s last effort strove to be a classic and suffered greatly for it. luckily, the swollen ego that drove 2014 forest hills drive has humbled a bit (if only a bit), and 4 your eyez only, the north carolina rapper’s fourth studio album, is his strongest to date. at its peak, eyez sports a world-weary wisdom that (purposely) hints at 2pac, adding broad strokes to the gruesome painting shakur never got to finish. It’s also cole’s shortest project to date, and its brevity works in its favor, acting as a leash that keeps the mc from getting too far ahead of himself. it may not be the classic that he’s been aiming for his whole career, but it’s certainly progress C+

 

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