J. Cole has come back with a vengeance in the past week, gearing up for a brand new album 4 Your Eyez Only, slated for release this Friday, Dec. 9 and releasing a documentary Eyez that has hip-hop fans talking. Included in the documentary were two videos for songs "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies," which have now been given official releases on his YouTube Channel. In addition to the new videos, Cole has shared the official tracklist for his album, which interestingly enough does not include those two songs.
The video for "False Prophets" is simple treatments following Cole as he spends some time with the people of New York City, riding buses, sitting outside of bodegas and rapping to people in parks. "Everybody Dies" follows J. Cole as he sits on the back of a pickup driving through his hometown in North Carolina rapping to the camera.
The two songs were controversial in their own right. "False Prophets," seems to take shots at Kanye West for not writing his own raps. This caused uproar online for the timing of the song because of Yeezy's recent mental health issues.
"Everybody Dies" also took shots at the rap game, but more generally at a wider range of rappers, like "hipster rappers," "fake deep rappers," "pitchfork rappers," and "amateur eight-week rappers." He also seemed to call out Lil Yachty as well, though that seems less certain.
4 Your Eyez Only comes in at 10 songs in total and you guessed it, has no features. If he keeps on calling out other rappers like this, they may not want to do features for him. "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies" are not included in the tracklist posted to Instagram, but the iTunes pre-order still does not have the official tracklist, so there could be some shuffling until the final day.
Fans can pre-order the LP here.
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