4 Your Eyez Only

4 Your Eyez Only

2017, Performing Arts  -   7 Comments
Ratings: 6.36/10 from 36 users.

Superstar hip hop recording artist J. Cole is no stranger to the spotlight. But in his new documentary 4 Your Eyez Only, he redirects this attention to everyday heroes of the black community.

Crafted as a companion piece to his album of the same name, the film travels to various locations throughout the southern United States - from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Atlanta, Georgia - and offers deeply moving profiles of ordinary people who battle through their lives with great fortitude and resiliency.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an elderly woman steps through mountains of debris in her home. It's been years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, yet her dwelling remains in shambles. In the aftermath of the storm, the insurance companies failed to fund extensive repairs. In spite of this, she's determined to rebuild on her own - a little at a time - until her home and her life are whole again.

In Ferguson, Missouri, Cole stands on the street where Michael Brown was shot down by an officer. He speaks with Brown's cousin, and reflects on the legacy of activism that was inspired by his tragic slaying. Others soon join in on the conversation, and question why the government representatives for this majority black community are predominantly white.

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, a sluggish economy and limited job prospects have hit the community hard. We meet a property caretaker who rents rooms for $35 a night to some of the area's most impoverished residents. Although it is the lowest rate in town, it is still an exorbitant amount for most of its tenants. Many of them can only afford to stay for an occasional night or two before heading back onto the streets.

The film is essentially an on-the-road documentary mixed with a non-traditional music video. Cole's socially conscious tunes resound between each vignette. These segments illustrate how real-world elements ultimately inform his art. In between the songs, Cole stands back and allows each of his subjects to tell their story in their own unfiltered words.

Revealing and compassionate, 4 Your Eyez Only gives authoritative voice to issues of racial injustice, black history, gun violence, spirituality and family.

Directed by: J. Cole, Scott Lazer

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2 years ago

J Cole is a legend for this.

5 years ago

Afro centric and anti white

5 years ago

I think this documentary should have been in the social category. Even though it contains "performances", it's a social commentary.

5 years ago

Great doc, especially coming from someone that isn't a filmmaker by trade! I agree, I wish it had been longer. Curious why negative actions perpetrated by whites upon so many people is simply viewed as or labeled "history", while any foray into these same actions by those they were perpetrated against is viewed as being "antagonistic". All the subjects in this doc are human beings who have voices and stories that needed to be heard. Should they be silent rather than risk being labeled a complainer? The truth is that racial injustices are just as prevalent today as They were decades and centuries ago. To feign contentment with the subpar liberties we are afforded is to become an advocate of today's modernized enslavement.

6 years ago

Amazing! Such an eye opener to this community and who better than J cole to make it. He has a voice and he has made great use of it instead of publishing videos with half naked women like some male artists out there. Only downside is its so short! Would be cool if he made a mini series visiting different towns or something.

6 years ago

Loved it!!

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6 years ago

ehh, not impressed with the pro-black, hate whitey, blacks are owed the world attitude. he recently stated that white people "have stolen the black sound".... not really the quality of doc i would expect from this site, but it is what it is. i guess its a documentary..

the commentary is no less racist than a page on breitbart. and i dont like his music either. i would rather hear chance or Kendrick Lamar... at least their music is all inclusive and doesnt alienate people to make a point.