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4 Your Eyez Only

J. Cole

4 Your Eyez Only

Fourth full-length album from the North Carolina hip hop artist and Jay-Z protegé

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Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records
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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    In a year that's already seen dozens of incredible releases, Cole's latest is an absolutely terrific Christmas present. Seriously: go listen to this album
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  2. 8.0 |   The FT

    The artist raps about inner vulnerabilities, succeeds in linking the personal and social
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  3. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The MC's new concept album shows his growth as both an artist and a person
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  4. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    His subtlest, most affecting record yet
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  5. 6.9 |   Gig Soup

    J Cole is on the up and up. Understated, poignant and truly talented, he is a truly fascinating recording artist. With a light and airy track listing, ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ is most certainly worth a deep listen, both for his fans, and late comers to his music
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  6. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    On J. Cole’s fourth album, he wrestles with the fragility of life and the importance of family ties. He also sands down some of his worst impulses.
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  7. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Not a dry eye, perhaps, but not all that exciting, either – which is part of the point, of course
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  8. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    At 10 tracks and 44 minutes, this largely featureless album is compact, disciplined, and low on flash
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  9. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    J. Cole isn’t as restlessly inventive or innovative as Kendrick Lamar. He’s also not as charismatic or solipsistic as Drake. Here he smartly splits the difference between his closest competitors
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The rapper and activist takes aim at mass incarceration, police brutality and toxic masculinity on his much-anticipated follow-up to Forest Hill Drive
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  11. 6.0 |   NOW

    The best songs bridge the personal and political through simple but pointed observation
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