J. Cole embraces his flaws and all on “Crooked Smile,” the second single off his album Born Sinner, due June 18. The Roc Nation MC links with T-Boz and Chilli of TLC on the upbeat number. He pokes fun at himself, while encouraging women to feel good about their imperfections.
“I got smart, I got rich, and I got bitches still/ And they all look like my eyebrows, thick as hell,” he raps on the uplifting number.
TLC provides the catchy hook. “Thank you T-Boz and Chilli. RIP LEFT EYE,” tweeted Cole, who will launch his “Dollar & A Dream” tour on June 11.
Dallas Austin and TLC topped the charts with hit after hit in the ’90s, and 20 years later, they’re rekindling the magic. The legendary producer has been in the studio with T-Boz and Chilli working on a new album to commemorate TLC’s 20th anniversary.
During the BMI Pop Awards, Austin shared more details about the project. “We took a lot of the old songs and remastered them. We mixed them just to tweak them, make them better,” he told Rap-Up TV.
TLC has also collaborated with some of today’s biggest stars. “They did something with J. Cole, they might be doing something with Drake,” revealed Austin.
In addition to new music, T-Boz and Chilli serve as consultants and executive producers on the VH1 biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story starring Lil Mama, KeKe Palmer, and Drew Sidora.
“They look so much like the girls and their characters act so much like the girls, I think it might be the closest casting I’ve seen so far,” said Austin, who was on set. “I think it’s gonna touch a lot of people because they’re so good at being the characters.”
The film was shot in Atlanta and is set to premiere in November.
Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama form the group TLC in the first official photo from VH1′s “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story.” The young ladies step into the trio’s big shoes in the upcoming TV movie centered around the legendary R&B group.
Sidora plays Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Palmer is Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Lil Mama channels the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a look inspired by the cover of TLC’s 1992 debut Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.
The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the biopic, which was shot in Atlanta and is set to premiere in November.