J Cole has released his new album 4 Your Eyez Only, only a week after announcing the project. The album was preceded by two tracks, False Prophets and Everybody Dies. Although these spawned a fair bit online buzz amidst the possibility that he was possibly dissing Kanye West, Wale and Drake among others, neither appear on the new record.
Like his last album, the acclaimed 2014 Forest Hills Drive (which came out exactly two years ago today), J Cole has marched on without one single guest feature throughout the album’s ten tracks, a remarkably impressive feat considering the nature of hip-hop records in 2016. Not only does it show that Cole is confident and able to craft a fully realised project on his own, but it should hopefully serve as a reminder that guest stars are not a completely necessary ingredient in many releases.
The album has come along with a 40 minute documentary entitled Eyez, in which we are allowed a glimpse into what he’s been getting up to since the release of his last album. It is out exclusively on Tidal.
Stream the 10-track, 44-minute project below and you can purchase it here via iTunes.