J. Cole Performs ‘Crooked Smile’ for iHeartRadio Live

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From “Who Dat” to “Power Trip,” J. Cole delivered his old and new hits during an intimate show for iHeartRadio Live in New York City on Tuesday. During the one-hour event, which was streamed live, he also performed his TLC-assisted single “Crooked Smile” for the first time live.

The North Carolina native got lost in the empowering lyrics as he jammed with his band, admitting that he hadn’t rehearsed the song before.

“It’s just an amazing song for me and it really sums up [Born Sinner],” he said. “That is the theme song for the second half of the album when things get a litte brighter and happier, when you come out of that dark place, you come out of that depression, or you escape from that hell and you in heaven.”

His sophomore album Born Sinner drops the same day as Kanye West’s Yeezus on June 18. “Buy one Kanye West album and two J. Cole’s,” he told the crowd.

Watch Cole’s performance of “Crooked Smile” below.

[Can’t Stop Hip Hop]

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  1. Yasmine

    Just like “Miss America”, I don’t expect to hear this honest song on the radio too much. Which is pathetic, but indicative of society’s values today.


  2. Pilar

    See, the thing is dropping on the same day as a more established rapper won’t be “suicide” if the Dreamvillains show up and buy the album just like we did with Cole World when naysayers were saying it would sell no more than 50K in the first week.


  3. Olivia Carolyn Pope

    Crowd already knows the lyrics man lol ….. aww man, 13 days.


  4. FlySly

    Absolutely LOVE this song!


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