J. Cole Releases Documentary "Eyez" in Support of New Album
It has been two years since the platinum selling and Grammy award nominated 2014 Forest Hills Drive was released and to say Jermaine has been taking his time is an understatement. The tar heel rapper had some of his fans in an uproar when he stated earlier this year he was playing with thoughts of retirement on a verse on "Jermaine's Interlude" off of DJ Khaled's Holy Key album. But it has been radio silence from Cole for a while since he stated at a concert in October that he will not be performing for while. Looks like "a while" will only take two months.
Word just dropped that J. Cole will be releasing his newest album, 4 Your Eyez Only on December 9th, the two-year anniversary of the release of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The number in the title most likely references the fact that this is his 4th studio album. J. Cole or his camp has still not confirmed, but you can pre-order it now on iTunes which pretty much sets it in stone: the album is real and coming out. Surprise albums seem to be the norm nowadays. Cole's fans took social media by storm giving praises left and right. Showing that the Dollar and a Dream rapper's core fan base have been itching for some new material.
So in the slew of surprises, J. Cole drops a 40-minute documentary aptly titled Eyez that depicts the recording process for this record, from violinists to backup singers to sound engineers putting everything together. In the immersive film, one sees Cole spitting verses on the back of a moving truck, taking aim at "Napoleon complex, you 'this tall' rappers/get exposed standing next to 6'4 rappers". There are multiple songs and instrumentations within the film that suggest that these could be what we'll be hearing on december 9th. Dreamville President and Cole's right-hand man Ibrahim Hamad mentions tracks like "Natives" "Immortal" and "Everybody Dies Interlude". Knowing the way Cole is spelling his songs these days, all of those songs will have Z's instead of S's.
What is mentioned here about Eyez doesn't begin to scratch the surface. You can watch J. Cole's new documentary for free on Tidal right here.
Look out for the official 12BY6 album review will follow upon the release. It's looking like it will be another COLE WINTER.