The Warm Up

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The Warm Up
Mixtape by J. Cole
Released June 15, 2009 (June 15, 2009)
Genre Hip hop
Length 69:46
Label Roc Nation
J. Cole chronology
The Come Up
The Warm Up
Friday Night Lights
Singles from The Warm Up
  1. "Lights Please"
    Released: November 24, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Complex Favorable [1]
Rap Reviews (8/10) [2]
XXL Favorable [3]

The Warm Up is the second official mixtape from Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole. J. Cole and The R.E.C produced the majority of the mixtape with help from Elite, Syience, and E.k.n.


J. Cole was famously signed to Roc Nation after Jay-Z heard the track "Lights Please" before the mixtape was released. In August 2010 J. Cole, was awarded the UMA Male Artist of the Year thanks to his heralded The Warm Up mixtape. He was awarded the first ever Sucker Free Summit Who's Got Next in 2010 because of the mixtape.[4] On June 26, 2013 J. Cole announced that he would be re-releasing The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights for retail sale, in order to give them the push they deserved.[5]

In his review for MSN Music, music critic Robert Christgau gave the mixtape a two-star honorable mention,[6] indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy."[7] He cited "World Is Empty" and "Get By" as highlights and quipped, "He's so talented you can hear how much he wants it, so talented you wince every time he shoots himself in the foot, e.g. 'Put some chains on my niggaz like I own slaves'".[6]

Track listing[edit]

# Song Producer(s) Length Samples
1 Intro: The Warm Up J. Cole 1:47
2 Welcome J. Cole 2:20
3 Can I Live Syience 3:21
4 Grown Simba J. Cole 3:52
5 Just To Get By Kanye West 1:37
6 Lights Please J. Cole 4:27
7 Dead Presidents II Ski Beatz 3:34
8 I Get Up J. Cole 4:54
9 World Is Empty J. Cole 2:55
10 Dreams (featuring Brandon Hines) J. Cole 4:25
11 Royal Flush J. Cole 1:27
12 Dollar and a Dream II J. Cole 4:21
13 Water Break (Interlude) J. Cole 2:19
14 Heartache Elite 3:01
15 Get Away J. Cole 3:17
16 Knock Knock Kanye West 1:54
17 Ladies (featuring Lee Fields & The Expressions) J. Cole 3:22
  • "Ladies" by Lee Fields & The Expressions
18 Til' Infinity A-Plus 2:11
19 The Badness (featuring Omen) J. Cole 2:37
20 Hold It Down J. Cole 4:17
21 Last Call Kanye West 7:32
22 Losing My Balance (Bonus Track) J. Cole 4:16


  1. ^ "Album of the Week: J. Cole's The Warm Up". Complex. Complex Media. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  2. ^ Stern, Guido (2009-08-11). "J. Cole's The Warm Up". Rap Reviews. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  3. ^ "REVIEW: J. Cole, The Warm Up". XXL. Harris Publications. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2010-05-025. 
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  6. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (July 2, 2013). "Odds and Ends 031". MSN Music. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "CG 90s: Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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