After the release of 4 Your Eyez Only
, there was speculation that the whole album connects to Cole's late friend, and throughout the record he's telling Nina her father's story. Complex
asked Dreamville in house producer, Elite, about the theory. He replied:
"We saw that and it was pretty well-analyzed by whoever did that. It's pretty close to what Cole intended. There is another perspective that he is speaking from on this album, and that's what he wanted to make clear. There are moments where it parallels him and he speaks from his own perspective. 'Neighbors
' is a step outside for a second, but it's still a commentary on the overall theme. But the album is largely from a perspective that is not J. Cole."