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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the North Carolina hip-hop artist includes co-production with such producers as Elite, Cardiak, Chargaux, Ron Gilmore, and Elijah Scarlett.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 14, 2016
    90
    It is spartan but sumptuous, emotionally acute but plain-spoken. There’s an extraordinary sense of calm pervading this album, one of the year’s most finely drawn.
  2. Dec 14, 2016
    90
    It's a love letter, and yet, it's astonishing just how hard-hitting it is.
  3. Jan 17, 2017
    80
    He has matured into a one of the most important figures in modern hip hop and 4 Your Eyez Only is the evidence of this.
  4. Dec 19, 2016
    75
    The concept works for Cole, and he does a stellar job diving into the mind of a seasoned criminal, who despite his seemingly impenetrable outer shell, is still human after all. It’s a narrative that allows Cole to retain his reputation as a gifted MC while displaying his own growth and maturity as a human being at the same time.
  5. Dec 14, 2016
    67
    The title track, which closes the album with a missive for those young girls, is anchored by his personal anxieties, making for some of Cole’s most affecting writing to date. ... At its lowest points, 4 Your Eyez Only rehashes Cole’s worst tendencies.
  6. 60
    Jermaine Cole’s fourth album is highly principled and skilfully wrought, but those aren’t always the most prized or effective elements when it comes to hip-hop.
  7. The Wire
    Jan 27, 2017
    60
    Cutting through the tedium reveals a moderately engaging narrative of low level criminality with solid insights ranging from the cloying to mildly provocative. [Feb 2017, p.59]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
  1. Dec 14, 2016
    10
    In my opinion this is Cole's most cohesive album. Had a consistent sound and a consistent story, and that bore some but I think it worksIn my opinion this is Cole's most cohesive album. Had a consistent sound and a consistent story, and that bore some but I think it works really well here. 4 Your Eyez Only the song might be Cole's best song yet, what a journey that song is. Expand
  2. May 14, 2020
    10
    One of the best, most cohesive albums I’ve ever heard, the perspective changes between Cole and his friend are flawless, and adds a greatOne of the best, most cohesive albums I’ve ever heard, the perspective changes between Cole and his friend are flawless, and adds a great contrast throughout the album Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2018
    10
    Ahead of his time.
    Better than Kanye's legacy.
    4 Your eyez only is the best R and B album ive listened to in recent years.
  4. Dec 22, 2016
    8
    It's different but yet somehow enjoyable and artistic in some ways. He talks about a personal life while you jump from song to song you'llIt's different but yet somehow enjoyable and artistic in some ways. He talks about a personal life while you jump from song to song you'll hear a connection between all of them. It's not J. Coles best but it surely has the lyrics you expect from this certain rapper. Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2016
    8
    Although not perfect, this album has proven to be Cole's most insightful, focused, and groundbreaking album yet. Through the album cover, heAlthough not perfect, this album has proven to be Cole's most insightful, focused, and groundbreaking album yet. Through the album cover, he already sets a mood for the listener, indicating that the album aims to be more down to earth and personal, rather than hard hitting and bass-filled. His verses, such as in the intro and she's mine pt. 1 & 2, are more personal than those in the past, and have the somewhat jazzy yet intimate instrumentals to back it up. This may not be his magnum opus, but for now it is definitely his best project. Expand
  6. Aug 13, 2017
    7
    This album carries a story from song to song like few albums do, offering something that's definitely worth a listen. However, I onlyThis album carries a story from song to song like few albums do, offering something that's definitely worth a listen. However, I only genuinely like about half the songs on the album. Given that, my score might seem too high but I suppose J. Cole deserves some extra credit for being different than the horde of rappers who put out the same old shallow songs. It's not my favorite album by him but it's still pretty good and even though I didn't care for a number of the songs on it, I'd give it a 6.5/10. Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2016
    0
    I just didn't enjoy the album at all. his sound is terrible, he hides in other people stories and truly not commit to showing who he trulyI just didn't enjoy the album at all. his sound is terrible, he hides in other people stories and truly not commit to showing who he truly his. i only enjoyed the last song Expand

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