Beautiful, insightful and heart breaking are three words I would use to describe J Cole’s best album 4 Your Eyez Only. Paralleling his life with that of his late friend, Cole tells a story which explores the immense societal burden that is placed on the black man and the realities of being born into a system that will never benefit the Black American.
It doesn’t surprise me that an album that fully recognizes the Black struggle, touches on mass incarceration and institutionalization has gone unnoticed by The Grammys. The awards show found this conversation in Kendrick Lamar (whom I love) and are prompt to nominate the rapper for each one of his albums. Does this committee fully understand the words of Kendrick and Cole? Probably not. I fully believe the Grammy committee nominates Kendrick for his growing mass appeal which, consequently, brings more ratings and money to their show. Of course an album like 4 Your Eyez Only which is far from a cash grab, wasn’t made for mass appeal but created in honour of another human being’s life would be glanced over by the ‘money driven, viewer hungry Grammy Awards Show.
As long as I live, I will not let a project as touching and as moving as 4 Your Eyez Only fade away from human memory. It’s a story about love, pain, and life. It is undeniably my favorite album of 2017.
Wow! 577 Views. First off I would like to deeply thank every single person who took time out of their day to read the ramblings of an 18-year-old nerd. A lot of readers here on 4therace leave extremely enthusiastic and positive comments that build my confidence as both a person and aspiring writer. All my viewers encourage me to keep writing and, even if it may be implicitly, follow my dreams so I am deeply thankful to each and every one of you.
On top of this, I had a record setting month for visitors (385), likes (139), and comments (36)! These analytics aren’t jaw dropping but do show that that my audience is progressively increasing. I wish to be a long-term blogger, and perhaps even make this an occupation one day.
As of now, however, I’d just like to thank, once again, all those who took time read, like, comment and follow my blog!
Have a blessed week everyone!
WOW! Last week I watched some pretty incredible movies so I had to think a lot about what this week’s Film of the Week would be before deciding on Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The other four films I watched last week are listed below and I highly recommend each one:
- The Gift
- My Cousin Vinny
- Her (read my review here)
- Dog Day Afternoon – features a brilliant performance from a young Al Pacino
Continue reading “Close Encounters of The Third Kind [Film of the Week #3]”
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Happy Sunday Everyone!
I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou pour la pour la première fois and I absolutely loved it. My feelings can only be expressed through this compilation of breathtaking moments.
Continue reading “Expressionless after watching Pierrot Le Fou [pour la première fois]”
I watched Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange for the first time and “its funny how the colours of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen”.
Please tell me what you think of A Clockwork Orange in the comments below.