By Agustin A. Iglesias
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
A lot of people doubted if J. Cole would be able to do it again and he proved them all wrong by doing it again. Born Sinner is a number one album and a gold success for the rapper who represents North Carolina. J. Cole scored two major hits with “Power Trip” featuring Miguel and “Crooked Smile” with TLC.
The “Power Trip” music video shows how vivid the human imagination is. But, there has been an extended delay on the “Crooked Smile” music video. Hopefully, J. Cole will be kinder to TLC than he was to Miguel when he co-starred in a video with him, as his second single is uplifting.
Mikey Fresh from Miss Info caught up with J. Cole and they talked about the “Crooked Smile” music video, which had to be re-shot. J. Cole also talked about how he believes his success has been fueled by Macklemore. There was no mention of Kendrick Lamar taking his shots on Big Sean’s “Control.”
Read excerpts from the interview below:
“We have to re-shoot it,” J Cole tells Missinfo.TV. “It came out nice but it just didn’t come out exactly how I wanted. It’s such an important song so I want the visual to match. If this was my first video than I would have panicked. We had to re-shoot “Work Out,” too.”
“ [“Crooked Smile”] deserves to be the number one record in the country. I think Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” gave me hope for a song like this. I think he kinda… as weird as it is, and it’s always happens like this, the White boys got to open the door for Black people at White radio. It happened with Elvis, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and now hopefully Macklemore with a song like “Thrift Shop” can allow “Crooked Smile” to get its proper shine at Pop Radio, Cole tells Missinfo.tv. “Honestly, you can’t name me many songs better than… I don’t mean to sound crazy, but better than “Power Trip” as singles. They should have gave it a chance at Pop radio. All these Pop PDs weren’t giving rap a chance at all.”
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