News: J. Cole Stays True To His Word, Gives The World A "Crooked Smile" [Audio]

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Roc Nation protégé J. Cole has stayed true to his word by releasing a highly anticipated TLC Born Sinner track Monday (June 3).

Titled "Crooked Smile," Cole relies on vocals from the R&B veterans on his newest single.

Fresh off performing alongside Miguel at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2013, J. Cole enlists a legendary group for his new single. The Roc Nation calls on Chilli and T-Boz better known as TLC on "Crooked Smile." Serving as the second offering off his Born Sinner album due June 18, Cole World offers an uplifting record filled with piano keys and a live choir closing out. Rest in peace to Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. (Miss Info TV)

The North Carolina native made sure to pay homage to TLC on Twitter shortly after its online premiere.

""Crooked Smile" feat. TLC Born Sinner June 18th.," he tweeted June 3rd.
"Thank you T-Boz and Chilli. RIP LEFT EYE" (J. Cole's Twitter)

He hinted at the song's content in an interview late last month.

"Yeah, now that one is true," Cole said when asked about a rumored TLC collaboration on the new LP. "There's a tracklist that came out that's false. I ain't put out the tracklist yet. TLC is definitely true -- the song's all about embracing my little imperfections and flipping it to empower the people to embrace theirs. We got issues and flaws, they try to make us feel lesser, so that's what that joint is about." ("Jenny Boom Boom")

Recently, Cole said his new album would not feature anyone other than himself rapping.

"It's like my favorites, I wanted to go and get my favorites and then have them do the things that I love them for doing -- [TLC] is doing what I love them for," Cole said in an interview. "Nobody else other than J. Cole is rapping on the album, but there's some great features." (FUSE)

Born Sinner is slated to arrive June 18th.

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