J Cole Releasing The Warm Up And Friday Night Lights For Purchase

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By Nakiya Morgan

Taking time out from his “Dollar and a Dream” tour, J. Cole recently sat down with 97.9 The Box in Houston and dropped a surprise for fans. In his interview, the North Carolina rapper revealed plans to release two of his classic mixtapes The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights for retail.

The Warm Up is Cole’s second official mixtape and featured hits like “Lights Please” and “Dollar and a Dream II." This mixtape was responsible for him getting his big break. Jay-Z signed him to Roc Nation after hearing the track “Lights Please." Friday Night Lights is was released in 2010, before Cole dropped his debut album.

He opened up about the mixtapes and how he believes they did not get the type of release that they deserved. "The classics that I had, I didn’t get a chance to like, have those be commercially sold…that was the only part that was missing,” said the Roc Nation rapper. “So that’s my goal. Now that this album is doing well, my next plan is to release those commercially."

Cole explained that the release of his mixtapes will not be about the money but about his fans and his records. “I don’t care if they sell a thousand copies. It’s just to get them the proper [recognition] that they deserve.”

The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights were the start of it all for the Born Sinner rapper. "My first album was really like my third album,” he said.