J. Cole

Sep
21
J. Cole Brings Out TLC, Miguel at iHeartRadio Music Festival

TLC and J. Cole

J. Cole joined a diverse lineup of artists including Elton John, Queen, and Katy Perry at last night’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The Roc Nation MC brought his own special guests onstage during his set at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He was joined by Miguel for “Power Trip” and surprised the audience by performing “Crooked Smile” with TLC for the very first time.

“I just happen to have on this song one of the greatest groups of all time that I grew up listening to and I’m honored to have them on the song, and I’m also honored to have them here with me tonight,” said Cole. “Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for TLC.”

Chilli and T-Boz took the stage alongside Cole while singing the hook on his empowering anthem, sharing an embrace at the end.

“@JColeNC is tall greatness!!” tweeted Chilli.

The duo’s greatest hits album drops Oct. 15, while their made-for-TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.

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Sep
18
Video: J. Cole f/ TLC – ‘Crooked Smile’

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J. Cole sends a powerful message against the war on drugs in the short film for “Crooked Smile,” the TLC-assisted single off his sophomore album Born Sinner. A family gathering turns tragic in the cinematic clip, which was inspired by Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010.

Cole plays the young girl’s big brother. His parents and sister come over to celebrate her birthday, but cops end up raiding the house at night, arresting Cole for drugs and shooting the innocent girl.

Meanwhile, one of the police officers is shown in similar scenes with his daughter, who happens to be Cole’s sister’s classmate. Despite their different backgrounds, they’re more similar than they thought.

The National Anthem plays in the background while an emotional Cole looks through the back seat of a cop car as his sister’s body is carried out.

He dedicates the somber clip to Stanley-Jones with a message: “And please reconsider your war on drugs.”

See the stirring visuals below.

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Sep
4
Video: J. Cole – ‘What Dreams May Come Tour’ [Trailer]

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In anticipation for his upcoming “What Dreams May Come Tour” with Wale, J. Cole debuts a dark and cinematic trailer for the trek. Cole has an out-of-body experience as he lies dead on the floor in a scene inspired by the 1998 drama What Dreams May Come.

The North American tour kicks off on Sept. 10 in Miami, traveling to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, before wrapping October 30 in Seattle, WA.

See an itinerary and check out the teaser below.

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Aug
14
J. Cole Performs ‘Crooked Smile’ on ‘Conan’

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J. Cole brought his “Crooked Smile” to “Conan” on Tuesday. The Roc Nation rapper rocked the stage with his band while performing the uplifting song off his chart-topping album Born Sinner.

A video for the TLC-assisted track, which samples Jennifer Hudson’s “No One Gonna Love You,” was shot last month and is expected to debut soon.

Cole will kick off his “What Dreams May Come” tour with Wale on September 10 in Miami.

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Aug
13
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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Aug
1
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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Jul
29
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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