J. Cole Celebrates “Friday Night Lights” With Dollar & A Dream Tour III
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the release of J. Cole’s Friday Night Lights, a retail mixtape for which the word “success” is an understatement. Cracking the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 charts, it was the second Roc Nation release for Cole and the lead-in to his 2011 studio-album debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Featuring guest appearances from Big Sean, CyHi Da Prince, Drake, Kanye West, Pusha T, and Wale, the project continued his tradition of relying on his own lyrics and production to carry most of the weight while also incorporating the perks of being signed by Jay Z. For most, the mixtape played more like an album, and reports of Cole’s frustration at a delayed debut contributed greatly to the air of excitement surrounding Friday Night Lights. Now, with 2013’s Born Sinner and last year’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive under his belt, J. Cole is no doubt relishing his current success, but not without taking a look back.
In celebration, J. Cole will be performing the mixtape in its entirety at four shows at as-of-yet unannounced venues in Dallas (June 21), New York (June 22), Atlanta (June 24), and Los Angeles (June 26). Entry to the shows will run fans $1, who will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis with venue announcements made on Twitter by @JColeNC and @Dreamville. In anticipation of the mini tour and forthcoming anniversary, watch a recap of last year’s sold-out tour and check out Friday Night Lights below: