J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE -

Sup­pos­edly, the longer J. Cole’s hair grows, the bet­ter his mu­sic. The the­ory holds on “4 Your Eyez Only,” the rap­per’s best yet. Its cover has him giv­ing the cold shoul­der un­der a mop of dreads. If he’s dis­tant, it’s from per­spec­tive gained. “Change” has him strad­dling the vi­o­lent present, look­ing back and for­ward to “bet­ter days.” The in­deli­ble “Foldin Clothes” cuts ro­mance down to its most ma­ture essence — “I wanna fold clothes for you!” — and comes out pant­ing. Cole for Christ­mas is fi­nally a good thing. — Dy­lan Owens

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