The industry being what it is, J. Cole didn’t get the opportunity to drop the video for “Lights Please” back when the track was topical. Whatever the hangup, we’re all the beneficiaries as Jermaine decided to give his fans the track’s visual treatment to commemorate The Warm Up‘s five year anniversary. Yes, it’s been five years.
How does the song hold up after all these years? Whew.
If you’re single and alone, the bottom’s about to fall out. The track still packs that kind of emotional punch. Not just the lyrics, but the stripped, wanting piano chord, the yearning in Cole’s hook. Everything. Hit play and remember why Jermaine was Jay’s first signee.
And while we’re here talking up The Warm Up, Cole took to his official site on Sunday to also share kinds words of thanks to his fans and followers, the ones who helped push him to where he is today. He explains the project wasn’t just a reflection of his hopes and dreams, but those of fans as well.
“I think about all the times over the past few years that one of you has said to me, ‘you’re the reason I went to college,’ ‘yo, The Warm Up got me through some hard times,’ ‘got me through law school,” “med school,” “high school,’ ‘The Warm Up changed my life.’
“I imagine that 5 years ago we all wanted more. The Warm Up was just something that put music and words to what we were feeling. As I write this I’m on a plane from Sydney, Australia back to New York City. Music has taken me around the world now, doing shows in places I never thought I would be. I’m grateful.”
To return the favor, he’s bringing back his Dollar & A Dream tour where he’ll perform Warm Up in full for a few select cities. Just like the first go-round, the tickets will be $1 and first-come, first-serve. Check the dates and stops plus Jermaine’s letter (click here for enlarged version) to fans below.