10 things to expect from J Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

Jermaine Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ album will be released this Friday after much hype and anticipation. But the big question is what should keen listeners expect from his fourth studio album?

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Photo: Hypebeast

Well, here’s what we know so far…

  1. A portion of the album was recorded at the Electric Lady Studios. The studio built by Jimi Hendrix in the 1970’s has been the temporary recording home for many other iconic musicians, like John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder to name only a very few.
  2. ‘Immortal’, as the second track on the album is expected to be a huge fan favourite according to the Dreamville team.
  3. The recently released yet rather chilled ‘Everybody Dies‘ is speculated to be the first song Cole will perform when he begins touring after the albums release.
  1. Upon the release of Cole’s documentary ‘Eyez’ leading up to the albums release, scenes captured him playing guitar and piano during his recording sessions. The use of piano and guitar could also suggest that there may be some more slower, stripped back songs featured on the album.
  2. As the ‘Eyez’ documentary revealed, this album may be Cole’s most open and vulnerable – “You’re never guaranteed to be this high again. And while I’m here, let me use this opportunity to say the realest shit I’ve ever said.”
  3. Ari Lennox, who only last year signed under Cole’s Dreamville imprint may also make a guest feature on the album. Lennox’s dreamy and sweet vocals combined with Cole’s rap could have the potential to create one killer, vibin’ hit. Check out Lennox’s ‘Night Drive’:

7.Wale is also expected to feature on the album, it was suggested he was to be in the second verse of an alleged song titled ‘False Prophets’, however on the recent track listing ‘False Prophets’ didn’t appear as one of the 10 songs listed. However, the song may be titled differently which is likely to be the case.

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Photo: Complex

8.One song that is highly anticipated to resonate heavily with fans is titled, ‘Neighbours’ and will most likely be a stand-out on the album.

9. Kanye West references are expected to be penned in Cole’s lyrics, particularly in relation to his recent and rather controversial behaviour.

10. Finally, the cover art for the album was by photographer, Anthony Supreme. On his Instagram yesterday, Supreme uploaded the album cover accompanied with a lengthy caption about how the photo came to be and how nervous he was to approach and pitch his idea to Cole.

Pre-order ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ via Itunes here.

In the meanwhile you should check out the doco ‘Eyez’ below:

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