With reporting by Sway Calloway
Thankfully, that’s the approach J. Cole took when watching his “Lights Please” video during the recent “Rap Fix Presents: J. Cole’s The Warm Up – 5 Years Later.” During the 30-minute special, he debuted the video for the fan-favorite cut half a decade after the song was first released, and six years after the visuals were shot.
“I’m not the director, so, it’s a kind of weird director’s cut,” Cole laughed, before taking host Sway and the live studio audience through a scene-by-scene breakdown of the B.B. Gun-directed video.
“This was my first love scene right there, man,” he chuckled, as a shot of him on a bed with the female lead flashed on screen. “I think that was a little too R&B, that shot right there.”
Then there’s a different shot where the rapper — who’s vocal about how he doesn’t smoke — takes a hit from a blunt. “They was begging me, and I folded; I sold out and did it,” he said. “Six years later, I’m regretting it.”
Even so, seeing Cole in such a raw state was fun for everyone. “This is my first video, though, so it’s all rookie stuff.”
“People were asking for this video for so long, I felt bad for holding it back but this is it, they finally get it.”