J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album famously managed to go double-Platinum despite a grand total of zero guests joining him on the album and since then the internet hasn't let us forget about it. If you were hoping and praying that the meme would go away anytime soon, however, you're in for a rude awakening.
On Thursday, the RIAA announced that Cole's latest album, 4 Your Eyez Only, has officially been certified Gold. In case you were previously unaware, Cole's latest LP also does not feature any guests.
Despite a packed fourth quarter schedule, which included Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy and more, Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only is, so far, the only "Hip-Hop" album release to earn an RIAA certification.
After opening with an equivalent of 492,000 album sales in its first week, Cole's fourth studio album is likely far past the 500,000-sale mark at this point. The 34 days it took the RIAA to certify the LP is the fastest Cole has ever reached this certification milestone, beating out Cole World: Sideline Story (73 days), Born Sinner (58 days) and 2014 Forest Hills Drive (45 days).
While this feat isn't nearly as impressive as Drake's Views earning a double-Platinum plaque in the same number of days (34), considering the album was a surprise release and none of the album's 10 tracks were made available for stream in advance, unlike Drake who released three singles—"Hotline Bling," "One Dance" and "Pop Style"—prior to the Views street date, it's not too shabby.
And by not too shabby, I mean it's outstanding.