That lack of representation can lead to potentially catastrophic misunderstandings. Cole is speaking from perspective other than his own throughout the whole album. So the neighbors started getting real paranoid. [31], On January 10, 2017, "Deja Vu" was serviced to American mainstream urban radio, as the album's first single. The album was supported by two singles: "Deja Vu," and "Neighbors". [63] Joey Badass said that Cole played him the track months before its release. [40] Dreamville artists J.I.D, Ari Lennox and Lute served as opening acts on the first leg of the tour. "[79] Kahron Spearman from The Daily Dot wrote that "though love and hope are sufficient motifs, Cole still suffers from lack of specificity (even when he channels one very specific character). They have multiple sides, and the side that is the strongest is love — of mothers, of friends, of girlfriends, of children. #JColeOnHBO", "Watch Footage Of Raid On J. Cole's Home Studio That Inspired "Neighbors, "J. Cole Previews New Music in '4 Your Eyez Only' Documentary on HBO", "HBO announces second J. Cole documentary coming in April", "J. Cole announces exclusive 4 Your Eyez Only screening", "J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only - a Dreamville film", "J. Cole's HBO Documentary Brings Black Perseverance to the Forefront", "J. Cole - Chart history - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs", "J. Cole Reveals Beat for "Neighbors" Is Actually "Forbidden Fruit" Played Backwards", "J. Cole's "False Prophets" & Everybody Dies" Now On iTunes & Streaming Services", "Nah but nothing but love for my big brother @JColeNC. So for everyone who listens this is a special gift for you, for your eyes only. The reception for 4 Your Eyez Only was generally positive; many critics praised Cole's songwriting and called it his most mature album to date. I had a idea of like the type of tracks he wanted, the sound and all that. It's just crazy ironic because out of anybody, they picked the wrong person. The boy even asked Cole several times who he was. My name has 'Lil' in it but there's a lot of 'Lil' rappers. On January 12, 2017, 4 Your Eyez Only was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and was certified Platinum on April 7, 2017. He mentions many real life problems minorities face in this country. During an interview with Los Angeles' radio station Power 106, Lil Yachty responded, saying: "I don't listen to J. Cole [but] I definitely listened to it [and] people said he was talking about me. One of the neighbors told the police we were growing weed or selling drugs out of this house. [49] The documentary was exclusively screened at the Troxy in London on April 19, 2017. He's never gonna put it on there just to say he got a feature." The album also debuted at number one on Billboard's Canadian Albums Chart. That was one song he expressed to me like, ‘we got to make this worthy of an album.’ You can’t just have an eight-minute song. J. Cole doing J. Cole things by telling these stories using multiple angles, including third person.

[25] Producer Cardiak with help from Frank Dukes created the beat for the track "Immortal" with Cole in mind shortly after the release of Cole's previous album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. "[93] Sam Bennett of Contactmusic.com listed 4 Your Eyez Only among his top ten albums of 2016, he praised the album saying: "Cole is one of the most important voices in modern music, and with this latest LP he's crafted another body of work that points to rappers like Cole and Kendrick Lamar, who are making provocative, artistic albums that impact the music scene and spark conversation between people, being real contenders for those revered "Top Five Dead Or Alive" conversations. For those who don’t listen to Cole, he is a great storyteller with incredible lyricism, a real people’s champ. They provided string arrangements, background vocals and additional production on 4 Your Eyez Only. Vinylz said Cole's track was recorded before Tiller's, and that he sent Foreign Teck a video of him making the beat to "Deja Vu", and a week later Teck posted a beat on Instagram with the same drums. Cole achieved twelve simultaneous Hot 100 entries in a single week. On March 24, 2017 HBO announced a second documentary with Cole tiled, J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, the first being Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming in 2016, the documentary aired April 15, 2017 on HBO and HBO Now. Brian Wilson played Barenaked Ladies "Brian Wilson" at some of his concerts. With this approach, J. Cole’s album is a story about his friend James whose life happens to be parallel with his. Cole achieved twelve simultaneous Hot 100 entries in a single week. . [84] Chris Robbins wrote a positive review for XXL saying, 4 Your Eyez Only "is a solid, short listen that relies on J. Cole's strength and comfort zone, perhaps a little too much at times, but the underlying concepts continue to add a layer of depth to his artistry. [56], "Neighbors" was serviced to rhythmic radio on April 25, 2017 as the album's second single. Ubers coming, and every once in awhile you'll see a group of us outside on the porch smoking weed. Let me prove it. Build your future now and put everything else on hold until you reach your dreams. Upon release of 4 Your Eyez Only, producers Vinylz and Boi-1da accused producer Foreign Teck of stealing their beat, to Cole's track "Deja Vu" and giving it to singer Bryson Tiller for his hit record "Exchange", explaining why the tracks share similarities. J. Cole is speaking to the masses, using his platform for a greater purpose to raise awareness. I was just crafting a couple tracks. [36], To further promote the album, Cole announced 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour on February 21, 2017. [59] On May 1, 2017, the music video for "Neighbors" was uploaded on Cole's Vevo channel. [1] The documentary was uploaded on Dreamville's YouTube channel on December 5, 2016.

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