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J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson Perform ‘Crooked Smile’ at VH1’s Do Something! Awards

J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson

J. Cole and J. Hud joined forces to perform his single “Crooked Smile” at VH1’s 2013 Do Something! Awards last month in Hollywood. The Roc Nation rapper stripped down the inspirational song, while the Oscar winner filled in for TLC on the soulful hook.

Cole sampled Jennifer’s 2011 song “No One Gonna Love You” on the Born Sinner track.

“Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J. Hud, who was recognized for her Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was created in honor of her late nephew.

Watch them come together for the special performance.

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J. Cole, Jennifer Hudson, & Ne-Yo Attend Do Something! Awards

Jennifer Hudson and J. Cole

VH1 celebrated do-gooders at the 2013 Do Something! Awards at The Avalon in Hollywood last night. Celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, and Patrick Dempsey were honored for their social change leadership, while J. Cole and Sara Barailes provided the evening’s soundtrack.

J. Cole performed “Crooked Smile” with Jennifer Hudson, who filled in for TLC. “Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J-Hud.

Ne-Yo honored an emotional Jennifer for the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she and her sister Julia created to honor Jennifer’s late nephew.

“It warms my heart to see so many blessed from our blessings in honor of my nephew,” said a teary-eyed Jennifer, who dedicated the award to her sister. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody.”

Queen Latifah and Russell Simmons paid tribute to LL Cool J, who started a basketball tournament and summer athletic camp for youth in his native Queens, New York.

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J. Cole and Wale Team Up for ‘What Dreams May Come’ Tour

What Dreams May Come Tour

J. Cole and Wale are coming to a city near you this fall. The “Power Trip” rapper has announced dates for his “What Dreams May Come” tour featuring the MMG MC.

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Jay Z Remains No. 1, J. Cole Goes Gold

Jay Z

Jay Z wears the crown for a second week as Magna Carta… Holy Grail remains the No. 1 album in the country.

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J. Cole Performs ‘Power Trip’ on ‘The View’

J. Cole

J. Cole introduced his music to a new audience on ABC’s “The View.” Instead of college kids and hip-hop heads, he performed his platinum single “Power Trip” before an audience of housewives and stay-at-home moms on Tuesday’s show. Afterwards, he discussed topping Kanye on the charts.

“I’m a huge Kanye West fan, so I moved my date to come out on the same day as him just to be competitive about it, so it felt good,” said Cole, whose album Born Sinner is currently No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

He also explained why he felt the need to apologize for his offensive lyric about autism on “Jodeci Freestyle.”

“As rappers, sometimes we try to play with words and be so clever and we take pride, but in this particular instance, it wasn’t clever, it was actually offensive,” said Cole. “The more I educated myself, the more embarrassed I got about it.”

Host Sherri Shepherd, who has a special needs child, told him how much she appreciated his sincerity.

Cole’s mother was especially excited for his appearance. “Doing ‘The View’. Momma just told me she ‘got the whole hood watching.’ hahahaaaaa,” he tweeted.

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Drake Apologizes for J. Cole’s Autism Lyric

J. Cole and Drake

J. Cole apologized for his offensive lyric about autism, and now Drake is following suit. The Young Money rapper has also issued a sincere apology for the “pain” caused by the lyric, which appeared on Drake’s song “Jodeci Freestyle.”

In a letter posted on his blog October’s Very Own, Drake accepted responsibility. “I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused,” he said. “Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted.”

He considers it a learning lesson for both rappers and has decided to remove the offensive lyric from the song.

Read Drizzy’s apology below.

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J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric

J. Cole

J. Cole is owning up to his mistake. The Roc Nation rapper has issued a sincere apology for an offensive lyric about autism.

On the Drake-assisted song “Jodeci Freestyle,” Cole raps, “Fuck your list, you lame ni**as and doubters/ I’m undoubtedly the hottest and that’s just me being modest/ Go check the numbers, dummy/ That’s just me gettin’ started/ I’m artistic, you ni**as is autistic, retarded.”

In a letter posted on his website Dreamvillain, Cole explained that the apology was necessary after a fan expressed their outrage.

“I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough to say something so hurtful,” he wrote. “What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better.”

He went on to apologize to parents who are raising kids with autism, college students with Asperger’s Syndrome, and all those battling the development disorder.

“You deserve medals, not disrespect,” said Cole.

Read his heartfelt apology below.

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