This year marks the 5th anniversary of J. Cole’s critically acclaimed mixtape The Warm Up. Back in 2009 when Cole came on the scene, he did it with the flair and lyricism that he has become known for, and to celebrate he took his newly formed crew, Dreamville on tour. In addition to celebrating the Warm Up, this was also the second year for the Dollar and a Dream tour, where tickets are sold for just $1, a reference to the grass roots, humble beginnings, success of Cole’s career. Last year’s there were two shows, Jay-Z watched from the audience for the first, while Cole brought Drake on stage for the second show. This year Cole announced via twitter that there would again be 2 shows, and fans flocked by the hundreds and waited for hours in the heat and then rain to pick up tickets. Police had to come out to help with crowd control after the line got rowdy and restless, throwing ice and standing on crates. Dreamville members Bas and Cozz warmed up the crowd for Cole during the second show, before bring out Mack Wilds who performed 2 songs. Cole went through more than half of the original tracklist of the iconic “The Warm up” mixtape, before coming out to perform the hits he has racked up in the half decade since the its release. Highline Ballroom, holds less than 400 people and provided an intimate setting for Cole to reflect on his journey through the industry and provide little known insights on the inspiration behind some of his more popular tracks.