The album isn't about Cole... it's about his friend.
The reactions to J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Onlyhave been great, and none have been greater than a fan theory that hypothesizes that the album is not about him -- it's about his friend who falls in love and has a daughter before falling victim to street violence.
"On the last song," the theorist posits." 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. That's whan album. 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.”
Read the full 4 Your Eyez Only theory below.