The second offering from the North Carolina emcee released in 2009. The Warm Up another project meant to hold fans over until his debut album but The Warm Up is arguably better than Cole’s debut The Sideline Story.
Described by Cole on The Last Call, this project is like a potential high school basketball player that missed the cut at tryouts but felt like he should’ve made the team because he better than a lot of players who made the team. In other words Cole felt that he was over looked with his first project The Come Up, but with this project he would not be over looked, his lyrics and flows would make sure of it.
From the sorta motivational speech from Cole, down to The Last Call, and the bonus track Losing My Balance this project was official arrival of J. Cole to the Hip-Hop. Cole welcomes you to The Warm Up with bars over a smooth beat, spits over Can I Live, and shares the story of balancing being conscious and shallow with Lights Please.
Throughout the rest of the project Cole proves to that unknown fan that he can bring over the Jay-Z classic Dead Presidents II, introduces the second installment to the Dollar And A Dream series, and tackles the classic 93 ‘Til Infinity beat with a great flow.
Some of my favorites on this project include I Get Up, Get Away, and Hold It Down. These are the tracks that I never skip. Although every song is great these songs just stand out to my ears the most when I listen to The Warm Up.