Five Years After “The Warm Up,” J. Cole Writes a Letter to Fans and Releases the Video for “Lights Please”

It’s always interesting to take a look back and trace where artist’s first get their break. For J. Cole, that moment arguably came with his early mixtape The Warm Up, and more specifically with the simple but infectious hit “Lights Please.” That was five years ago, and yesterday—in honor of the fifth anniversary—J. Cole premiered the video for his breakout track via MTV JAMS.

The video—like the song—is somewhat of a throwback. Directed by BBGUN, the visuals give the feeling that this was in fact filmed in 2009. Regardless whether it was or not, the video captures the song’s essence nicely, featuring Cole fittingly rapping both to a girl, and in front of a city skyline. In addition to the video, J. Cole posted a letter reflecting on his journey and as a message for his fans. It’s quite a moving piece of writing, and you can read the whole thing here.

UPDATE: To commemorate the mixtape, J. Cole is performing six shows this July where entry only costs one dollar and The Warm Up will be performed in full. Find more info here, and check the special dates below.

Fans are given the location of a secret show, the day-of via twitter (@JCOLENC) and admission is granted on a first-come first-serve basis for only $1.

Dollar and a Dream $1 shows:
7/3: London, UK
7/15: NYC
7/17: Miami, FL
7/19: Raleigh, NC
7/21: Chicago, IL
7/23: Los Angeles, CA