Is anyone still listening to J. Cole‘s fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only…? If so, the Dreamville rapper has another treat for those supporting his multiplatinum effort.
Partnering up with HBO to share another insightful look into his process with his J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only documentary, which premiered Saturday night on the cable network, Light-Skinned Jermaine dug in deep to highlight the album’s themes.
From utilizing real-life stories of low-income Americans living in the Midwest and Southern cities — J. Cole visited Ferguson, Baton Rogue, and went back to his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina to explore issues plaguing his people.
“I felt like it would be mad powerful for black people to see black people talking to each other. And you see a rapper who’s considered one of the biggest in the game, just listening,” he told The New York Times in a recent interview about the documentary. “These are people that never get to be heard, by the world or even by each other […] See how human they are, and see black men walk around with their daughters, and get a whole different perspective. If I’m listening, why can’t you listen?”
Co-directed with Scott Lazer, 4 Your Eyez Only is streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now. Below, you can digest the new work that found its way in the program.