J. Cole’s been busy prepping his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. Out of nowhere, the album appeared on iTunes, with a planned release date of Dec. 9. Just like that, much of the hip-hop world is now in a state of pandemonium — realizing that one of the world’s best is about to drop the follow-up to 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which most consider to be his best work. There is already frenzied speculation around 4 Your Eyez Only, but Cole, much to his credit, has kept almost every detail of the project under wraps.
Will 4 Your Eyes Only be similar in makeup to 2014 FHD and will it achieve similar success of the now-double platinum LP? Judging by the early response, Cole’s new album will go platinum — eventually, at least. But will it do so without any features? Will one of the most overused memes in hip-hop receive an update and achieve another year of virality?
If Cole does drop two featureless classics in a row, it will certainly say something about his prowess as an emcee, but let’s remember — some of his best-ever tracks are, in fact, collaborations. And there’s no reason he can’t drop a great album.
J Cole’s upcoming “4 Your Eyez Only” album has 10 confirmed songs. Check out the official tracklist below.
01. For Whom the Bell Tolls
03. Deja Vu
04. Ville Mentality
05. She Mine Pt. 1
08. Foldin’ Clothes
09. She Mine Pt. 2
10. 4 Your Eyez Only
Listen To 4 Your Eyes Only below
After ending his last show on tour saying “Before I get out of here, listen. This is my last show for a very long time,” Cole went on somewhat of a hiatus from the music world and the leaked album becomes available for free download.