J. Cole released his album 4 Your Eyez Only in December 2016, which was also a significant month for him personally. Around the same time 4 Your Eyez Only was released it came out that Cole had secretly married long time college sweetheart Melissa Heholt, and in the same month Heholt gave birth to their first daughter.
Theses events are reflected within the album, with multiple songs- mainly “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Foldin Clothes”- focusing on aspects of healthy monogamous relationships. As well as “She’s Mine Pt.1” seemingly written to Heholt, and “She’s Mine Pt. 2” about his newborn daughter. My favorite track is definitely “Change” which is extremely sobering a real, yet somehow uplifting and hopeful. The entire album is matured and focused, Cole’s intentions and priorities are very clear.
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