#4YOUREYEZONLY 🎼 J. COLE X ANDERSON .PAAK

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JERMAINE LAMARR COLE

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#4YOUREYEZONLY

LAST MONTH WE WENT TO SEE J.COLE, I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING THE PRODUCTION SIDE TO THE SHOW, THE MUSICIANSHIP AND ORCHESTRATED SOUND, VIOLINISTS, THE LIGHTING AND STAGE SET UP. I COULD SEE ALL THE SUPPORT FROM THE DREAMVILLE TEAM.

THE SHOW BEGAN AND J. COLE WAS SURROUNDED BY THE CROWD, DRESSED IN ALL ORANGE ATTIRE, EMULATING A PRISONER'S GARB, AND TAKING US THROUGH 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE MESSAGE. MY FAVORITE TRACKS ARE VILLE MENTALITY AND CHANGE.

ONE THING I REALLY ENJOY ABOUT HIM AS AN ARTIST IS THAT HE PUTS THE REALITY OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE AT A LOT OF FRONT DOORS. HE DOESN'T TIP TOE WITH THAT STUFF AND LIKE RYAN COOGLER ONCE SAID, HE MAKES US FEEL LESS LIKE ALIENS.

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH COOGLER (WHO ALSO DIRECTED CREED), J.COLE SAYS:

"I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW AND I WOULD LOVE TO TALK ABOUT IT...I WONDER WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO STOP THAT CYCLE. I HAVE SOME IDEAS...I HAVE A FEELING, OF COURSE ECONOMIC POWER...BUT I FEEL LIKE EVEN BEFORE THAT'S POSSIBLE, IT'S LIKE WE GOTTA TURN OUR SIGHTS FROM OUTWARD AT THE SYSTEM, WHICH IS TOTALLY WRONG...TO INWARD, AND HOW WE'VE BEEN AFFECTED BY IT AND HOW WE CAN WORK EVERYDAY TO CLEAN OURSELVES...WE EAT POISON..."

HE GOES ON TO SAY:

"I SEE, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN I'M NOT TOTALLY AFFECTED. WE GREW UP WATCHING OURSELVES BE CRIMINALS ON TV...BE GANGSTER RAPPERS...VIDEO GIRLS. SO IT'S LIKE A LEVEL OF SELF-REFLECTION AND HONESTY. INSTEAD OF MARCHING ON WASHINGTON WHICH WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR A LONG TIME, WE GOTTA MARCH ON THE HOOD AND MARCH ON OURSELVES AND TRY TO WAKE EACH OTHER UP. IF WE DON'T FIND A WAY TO TRULY LOVE OURSELVES FIRST AND WIPE OUT THAT LACK OF SELF-WORTH THAT'S BEEN ESTABLISHED, THEN THAT ECONOMIC POWER CAN NEVER TRULY HAPPEN."

TO ME, 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY IS ABOUT SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF THOSE WHO ARE MARGINALIZED, TO GIVE HOPE, TO PRESENT A PERSPECTIVE THAT NEEDS TO BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE MEDIA. IT'S ABOUT REPRESENTATION AND ACCEPTANCE. THE ALBUM IS ABOUT THE LIFE EXPERIENCES OF A YOUNG BLACK MALE AND TO ANYONE WHO'S EVER BEEN TARGETED. HE GIVES VOICE TO PEOPLE, IT'S SO POWERFUL.

YOU HEAR THEMES OF:

FAMILY UNITY
LAWLESSNESS
ABANDONMENT
LEGACY
DEATH.

HE TOUCHES ON:

UNEMPLOYMENT
STEREOTYPES AND THE CYCLE
INCARCERATION
PRISONHOOD
KARMA
FATHERHOOD
DISTRIBUTION AND SALES
RACISM.

IT EMBRACES THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR WORLD, OUR CULTURE, AND AT THE SAME TIME, HE HUMANIZES AND DEFENDS THIS REALITY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.

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SHOUT OUT TO DJ GRUMBLE, MY FRIEND COLIN. SO GLAD WE GOT TO HANG FOR A BIT, ALSO THANK YOU KOMARI, FOR SHOWING US AROUND. SHOUT OUT TO BAS BY THE WAY.

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YES LAWD

TOTALLY THIS SHOW WAS AWESOME, ANDERSON .PAAK, IS SO AHEAD OF THIS TIME AS FAR AS SOUND AND STYLE, HE REMINDS ME OF A JAMES BROWN REINCARNATED, BUT FOR THIS GENERATION. IT WAS COOL GETTING TO MEET HIM. I HAVE SUCH A RESPECT FOR ARTISTS WITH SOUNDS FROM OUTSIDE THE TOP HITS AND MUSICS CHARTS, WHAT THE HOT BOIS LIKE. AROUND JANUARY, I DID A POST ABOUT HIM, YOU CAN READ ABOUT IT HERE. OR CHECK OUT THE COLD SUMMER JAMS POST AND DISCOVER HIM FROM WHEN HE WAS PART OF NXWORRIES. HE'S ALSO PART OF THE EPIC BAND, FREE NATIONALS. NEW ALBUM OUT NEXT YEAR IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW AIIGHT.

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PRE-SHOW

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ARI LENNOX

GETTING TO MEET HER WAS SO TIGHT, I LOVE THAT SONG SHE DID, BACKSEAT. I WAS ONCE IN A CAR WITH THIS DUDE AND HE SKIPPED HER SONG. WE WERE LISTENING TO THE REVENGE OF THE DREAMERS COMPILATION. BIG MISTAKE, HUGE. SHE IS PART OF THE DREAMVILLE FAM AND HER SOUND IS VERY SMOOTH, LAID BACK, DEEP.

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