Exclusive Interview

J. Cole on "Crooked Smile" ft. TLC: "Don't Get Caught Up in Your Imperfections"

'Born Sinner' rapper talks about the song's inspiration: his messed-up grill

J. Cole dropped his TLC-assisted Born Sinner track "Crooked Smile" this morning, so we dug up extra footage from our recent interview with Roc Nation rapper, who opens up about the track and its personal inspiration.

Cole, who says he felt like he "was back in high school" after gaining popularity, explains that "Crooked Smile" is an anthem of empowerment--and not just for himself.

"I didn't have the Colgate, I didn't have braces and [haters] definitely remind you," he says. "So [the song] is me taking ownership. Don't get caught up in the little things--your weight or your nose or your eyebrows or your smile or your hair. Embrace your own flaws."


User Comments


Photo of the day

July 31: Congrats, Alicia & Swizz!

July 31: Congrats, Alicia & Swizz!

Last night to celebrate their anniversary, power couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz took to social media to announce they're expecting a new bundle of joy! Alicia posted this pic on her Instagram, telling her super-producer hubby, "You make me happier than I have ever known!" Congrats to the obviously happy couple!