J. Cole drops the emotional visuals to his TLC-assisted single, ”Crooked Smile.” Inspired by the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the clip finds Cole and his family celebrating his little sis’ birthday — before things take an unpleasant turn. Later that night, as police raid the house, his sister is shot and killed. The video ends with the message “And Please Reconsider Your War On Drugs” written across the screen. Watch it inside.
J. Cole made his way to Conan on Tuesday, where he rock’d the show with a live performance of his TLC-assisted “Crooked Smile” – from his album, Born Sinner. He’s set to embark on his ”What Dreams May Come” tour, featuring Wale, beginning September 10th in Miami. Check out his performance inside.
Jennifer Hudson and J. Cole hit VH1′s 2013 Do Something Awards, Wednesday evening - an event that represents those who have done outstanding work in their communities and the world. The duo was spotted posing for pics as they hit the red carpet, and later took to the stage to for a performance.
Kelly Rowland and J. Cole hosted Privé Atlanta, presented by D’USSE, on Friday night. Kelly showed some skin; rockin’ a black open back Versace dress with a thigh high slit, and lace up Giuseppe Zanotti sandals - while J. Cole was laid back in camo pants, and a long-sleeve top.
The club was packed for the evening, and LeToya Luckett, Pusha T, Toya Wright, Bridget Kelly and more, came out to show support. Peep more pics of those who turned up inside.
J. Cole stopped by ABC’s The View on Tuesday, where her performed his single “Power Trip.” Dressed in a white button down, black jeans, and a baseball cap, he rock’d the crowd – before speaking with host Sherri Shepherd.
During their chat, J. Cole explained why he felt that it was necessary to apologize for the autism lyric on the “Jodeci Freestyle,” and Sherri, who is the mother to a child with special needs, thanked him for his apology. In explaining, he stated:
J. Cole and Drake have both issued apologies for insensitive autism lyric on their collaboration, “Jodeci Freestyle.” On the track, J. Cole raps; “I’m undoubtedly the hottest and that’s just me bein’ modest. Go check the numbers dummy, that’s just me gettin’ started. I’m artistic, you n-ggas is autistic, retarded.
The “Power Trip” MC stated that after seeing a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, he realized right away that what he said was wrong. “I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough to say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better,” he wrote on his Dreamvillain website.
While watching his new album, Born Sinner, climb to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, J. Cole hit Brooklyn to shoot the video for his latest single, “Crooked Smile,” featuring TLC.
His album spent its first two weeks at No. 2 – first behind an Kanye West‘s Yeezus album, and then behind Wale‘s The Gifted a week ago - but was able to claim the spot of No. 1 album in the country, in its third week on the chart.
Kevin Hart headed back home to Philadelphia to host the third annual Philly 4th of July Jam, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – as part of the Wawa Welcome America! Festival.
Philly native, Jill Scott, hit the stage with a performance, to show their city some love; as well as J. Cole, Ne-Yo and more. The evening included a spectacular fireworks display over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, as the crowd enjoyed a celebration of freedom and music.
The funnyman’s Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain movie, hit theaters this week.