If you’re at all familiar with the recent discourse surrounding rap music, you probably know the phrase “J. Cole went platinum with no features.” Cole’s fans began using it as a badge of honor after his 2014 Forest Hills Drive topped a million units without help from any guest vocalists, becoming the first rap album to do so since Vanilla Ice’s To The Extreme in 1990. Now, as Spin reports, the RIAA has certified Cole’s Forest Hills follow-up 4 Your Eyez Only as platinum too. Once again: no features! If you really want to count the same standard that anointed Vanilla Ice as your seal of approval, Cole stans, consider your man doubly validated.
HBO will air Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only documentary 4/15 at 10PM. Watch the trailer below.