4 Your Eyez Only told the story of Cole’s childhood friend, who left behind a daughter after he was murdered. Cole raps about attempting to achieve a normal life while being low-level famous. He may have achieved this in some small part, but, as a multiplatinum-selling rapper, he’ll never go back to being anonymous. Life, regardless of songs such as “Lights Please,” “Crooked Smile” and “Deja Vu,” won’t allow it.
Jermaine Cole is averse to the idea of fame. He’s famous, mostly for being an artist who endured student loans to release a few breakthrough mixtapes drenched with observations about the world in general and how it shaped him. Being a famous rapper doesn’t appeal to J. Cole. Being someone who engages thought and attempts to change the narrative does. His current tour has yielded no big guests; its most striking image is Cole walking out in full prison garb, hair locked in a dreaded Afro and demeanor quite stoic. He has reason to be. Last year’s concept album