J. Cole Reflects on ‘The Warm Up’s’ 10th Anniversary: ‘Decades Later & I’m Still Dreaming’


J. Cole has gone from the highly-touted neophyte to an elder statesman of hip-hop. Cole took some time out over the weekend to reflect on the 10th anniversary of his 2009 mixtape, The Warm Up. 

"10 years ago, The Warm Up dropped. Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey," the Dreamville boss wrote looking back at his enduring journey in rap. He then went on to tease fan-favorites The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights eventually landing on streaming services. "My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. workin on it. Decade later and I’m still dreamin and tryna get better. God Bless."

Cole's manager Ibrahim "IB" Hamad also made sure to point out that the snow in the mixtape's cover art was actually legit, while many believed the weather elements were Photoshopped in.

"Since we talking The Warm Up, this cover was legendary. We were suppose to shoot in my HS gym and it was snowing mad hard so my coach ain’t even show up to open the gym for us, Coach Lloyd left us out there in the snow. So we shot that shit right outside of Holy Cross HS," IB explained. "Yo I can’t believe n----z was out there almost catching pneumonia and shit to get the right shot, my n---a Cole out there in the freezing snow for hours just for the world to think it was fake the whole time."

Check out all of the tweets from those involved with The Warm Up below. Reach IB's interview with DJBooth for even more stories surrounding Cole's Roc Nation debut.