J Cole “The Warm Up” Mixtape Download & Stream
The Break through Mixtape from North Carolina rapper J Cole with features from Brandon Hines, Omen, Lee Fields and The Expressions. J Cole and The R.E.C produced the majority of the mixtape with help from Elite, Syience, and E.k.n.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip-hop recording artist and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2009, he became the first artist to sign to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation label. His long-awaited debut album, entitled Cole World: The Sideline Story, was released on September 27, 2011. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart, selling more than 218,000 in its first week. He received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 54th Grammy Awards.
J Cole was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on January 28, 1985. His father is African-American and served in the United States Army, while his mother is white. At the age of 8 months, Cole relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was raised by his mother, aunt and cousin. His father left the family when Cole was still young. Cole started rapping at the age 12, becoming serious about it at the age of 15 when he hooked up with a local group called Bomb Shelter, at which time he added production to his repertoire.
J Cole grew up in a multi-ethnic environment. His childhood revolved around a love for both basketball and rap music. He attended Terry Sanford High School and decided to study guitar under the well-known artist Mark Ebert. J Cole eventually graduated from high school in 2003. He concluded that he had a better chance of getting a record deal in New York City, so he chose to attend St. John’s University on an academic scholarship. There, he majored in communication and minored in business, graduating magna cum laude.
The Warm Up is the second official mixtape from Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole. All of the songs, except for three (“Dreams“, “Ladies” and “The Badness“), are featureless. Other popular songs on the mixtape are “Can I Live“, and “Grown Simba“. J. Cole also raps over the instrumentals of the songs “Dead Presidents” by Jay-Z, “Last Call” by Kanye West and “Get By” by Talib Kweli. J. Cole and The R.E.C also produced the majority of the mixtape with help from Elite, Syience, and E.k.n.
J Cole appeared on Jay-Z‘s album The Blueprint 3 (2009), on the track “A Star Is Born“. He is featured on both Wale‘s debut album, Attention Deficit (2009) and mixtape Back to the Feature (2009) respectively. Cole has described himself as the “First German rapper” signed to Roc Nation. In January 2010, J Cole, along with label mate Jay Electronica and Mos Def appeared on Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek‘s single, “Just Begun” for the follow-up of Reflection Eternal‘s album Train of Thought(2000), titled Revolutions Per Minute (2010). Cole also appeared on B.o.B‘s mixtape May 25th (2010) on the song “Gladiators“.
To celebrate the anniversary of the release of The Warm Up mixtape, J. Cole released a freestyle entitled “The Last Stretch” on June 15, 2010. On June 21 of that year, J. Cole premiered the music video to his first single “Who Dat” on the BET program 106 & Park. In August 2010 J. Cole, was awarded the UMA Male Artist of the Year thanks to his heralded The Warm Up mixtape and a high profile deal with Jay-Z‘s label Roc Nation at the 2010 Underground Music Awards. J Cole was famously signed to Roc Nation after Jay-Z heard the track “Lights Please” before the mixtape was released. He was awarded the first ever Sucker Free Summit Who’s Got Next in 2010 because of his mixtape. Purchase Rap Beats
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