J. Cole’s latest album, 4 Your Eyez Only, has enjoyed the requisite amount of fanfare expected of the beloved North Carolina rapper. A fan theory, however, reveals a possible plot device that Cole was playing the character of a drug dealer who falls in love and attempts to turn his life around for his baby daughter.
The fan theory floating around online appears to have some measurable plausibility if fan comments are to be believed.
“Cole is rapping to his daughter saying sorry but if you’re hearing this album I am dead the life in the streets got to me,” writes the fan.
They continued with, “The album isn’t directly about J. Cole. It’s about his friend. J. Cole wasn’t in the streets dealing drugs. He got out. His friend is the one on the last song rapping to his own daughter. Then, on the last verse of the last song, J Cole himself appears and talks to his friends daughter himself. He tells her that his dad died from his life in the streets but he was still a good person.”
Of course, J. Cole’s real life doesn’t mirror any protagonist angle present in the fan theory. The Fayetteville native graduated from St. John’s University in New York while embarking on a promising career that led to his eventual signing with Roc Nation and the creation of his Dreamville imprint.
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— Addict (@addictf__) December 9, 2016