After what seemed like an eternity the rest of the world (who have no access to HBO) can get to watch J. Cole‘s 4 Your Eyez Only documentary on YouTube. Thank you Mr. Cole.
The 48-minute documentary film features Jermaine’s travels through Baton Rouge, Atlanta and his hometown of Fayetteville. Meanwhile, he listens to local citizens tell their stories.
“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 .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?”
In-between interviews, we also get some goodies in the form of music video vignettes for songs off his album of the same name 4 Your Eyez Only, including “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Ville Mentality”, “Immortal”, “Change” and “Neighbors”. The latter features surveillance footage of a SWAT team raid on his North Carolina studio, nicknamed The Sheltuh.
Fortunately nobody was home during the S.W.A.T raid. Apparently some “neighbours” had reported that they were selling drugs and that the studio was just a front. Smh, black man’s struggle.
Enjoy it as it is, literally, 4 Your Eyez Only.