J. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner was released just a week ago and already the North Carolina emcee has plans to re-release two of his mixtapes commercially. While speaking with Houston’s 97.9 The Box, Cole informed fans that he would soon make The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights available for purchase.
"The classics that I had, I didn’t get a chance to like, have those be commercially sold…that was the only part that was missing,” said the rapper, according to MTV News. “So that’s my goal. Now that this album is doing well, my next plan is to release those commercially."
The Dreamville emcee later revealed that more than anything his primary concern is giving both of the well-received mixtapes the recognition “they deserve.”
“I don’t care if they sell a thousand copies. It’s just to get them the proper [recognition] that they deserve,” Cole shared.
Released in 2009, The Warm Up serves as Cole’s second official mixtape and features “Lights Please,” a record that went on to garner the attention of Roc Nation founder Jay-Z. Friday Night Lights hit the mixtape market the following year and boasted appearances from Drake, Wale, and more.
Canadian crooner The Weeknd pulled a similar move last year when he released a mixtape trilogy in the form of an album and made the project available for purchase.