Where is the lyrical content? Who can tell the story of the hood that doesn’t glorify all the things that are considered “problems” in our community? J. Cole’s HBO special provided a view into southern communities and the struggles that plague them consistently. Often we hear conversations about the “system” and the struggles to survive and change communities that feel like they are literally and fugitively besieged. The first time I heard 4 your Eyes only I really liked the album. After seeing this documentary I have an even deeper connection to this album.
J. Cole told another story of the people. He walked around the various neighborhoods pairing his music with the conversations/testimonies of the people like a fine wine to an exquisite meal. The most impressive segments of the documentary reminded us of the strength of the black woman. Single mothers, entrepreneurs, second round parents, family matriarchs, historians, you name it they have done it! Even if you are not a J. Cole fan you must give him his props for his efforts to inspire, educate, and change.