J. Cole Embraces His Flaws on "Crooked Smile"

J. Cole addresses the criticism he's received after becoming "somewhat known," speaks on accepting his flaws.

Over the past few weeks, Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole has treated listeners to a variety of records, content-wise, from his sophomore album Born Sinner. There was the grim, Miguel-assisted “Power Trip,” the lyric-heavy “Niggaz Know,” and earlier in the week Cole released the uplifting “Crooked Smile.”

The Dreamville emcee recently chopped it up with Fuse about his newly-released collaboration with TLC and revealed that “Crooked Smile” is essentially a song about embracing and empowering.

“The song is basically, it’s ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ empowering. It’s embracing,” said Cole. “It’s me saying that ‘I don’t care about this.’ I understand I don’t have the Colgate. I don’t have braces. I understand, and they definitely remind you.”

Despite the level of fame Cole has reached since releasing his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011, he spoke on struggling with those quick to point out his flaws and shared that he’s now gone on to embrace his quirks.

“When you become somewhat known, they definitely make it a point to remind you about your flaws. Things I hadn’t worried about since I was like 17, I’m now worrying about again. So, that’s me empowering, taking ownership of it. Like ‘Yeah I know. So what? And I’m still doing this. And I’m still doing that.’ And flipping it to tell other people to embrace they flaws too and not be so caught up in the little things. Your weight, or your nose, or your eyebrows, or your smile, or your hair. You know what I mean? And it’s like giving people power to embrace they own flaws, in a nutshell. And TLC is on it, so it’s like how incredible is that?”

J. Cole’s Born Sinner album is currently set for a June 18 release.

RELATED: J. Cole "Born Sinner" Release Date & Cover Art Versions



  • Anonymous

    Check this out man the boy aint tryna be nobody but who he is, isn't that the definition of real??? i see a lot of u mf'ers cant relate to that yall wanna hear about a nigga talking bout "I know Norieaga the real Norieaga" smh bunch of fantasy rap shit.Me personally i dont wanna hear that dumb shit no more, the rap game is fucked up right now cuz of these fake mf'ers.Just because u came from the projects dont make u real, its fake ass niggaz there too.

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  • Mouth open all the time. Why?

    Why does this nigga pull that same stupid face with his mouth open in every pic? He waiting for something??? Lol

    • GUWOP

      "why are you telling the world you're watching his mouth?" He said it cus its kinda hard not to notice, same in every picture. Dude is a goofy lookin mofucka.

    • Anonymous

      why are you telling the world you're watching his mouth? weirdo

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  • Anonymous

    ja rule did help jay-z to find this young talent

  • #RuleTalk

    Ja Rule will murder his career

  • Anonymous

    his hat is thor shooting out a thunderbolt with his hand thor = satan look at the cover of his new cd also the illuminati is everywhere wake up dumb niggas

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  • Not Impressed

    I could care less what this guy looks like...I thought when he was talking about "flaws" he was going to admit that this and the other shit he's been putting out is, simplistic, uninspired, mediocre, dumbed down, gar-bahj. I'm just not impressed with this guy and his average, stuck in 2001 ass.

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  • Anonymous

    fuck all this soft cornball feminine introspection rap i want some big guwop

  • Anonymous

    What fucking flaws??? Nigga you rich, stop acting like you were selling crack on the projects

  • Your Name

    "It seems my immediate surroundings disavow dreams." -J Cole

  • waterfall guwop

    waterfall guwop says guwop has no flaws

  • Anonymous

    riff raff > j cole rap is about entertainment every song j cole makes puts me to sleep at least riff raff can rock a crowd and make you feel hyped

  • Anonymous

    Not a big fan but that new track is fire and could be a hit on radio even my sister was singing along by the end of the track good message to

  • dentaldamboy

    J cole is wack as fuck and needs to retire. He makes shitty pop music and is under a failing rapper named Gay Z.

    • dentaldamboy

      I told you YMCMB pays me to dispel rumors about ymcmb and promote them. I am an accountant for them.

    • Anonymous

      You guys still haven't figured out that this guy is begging for attention on the internet? He's a paid commenter.

    • dentaldamboy

      I got tested and scored above average with an iq of 150. The only reason why Jay Z is on top 5 lists is because he makes pop music you dumbasses like and petition for sites to include him on top 5 lists. J cole is terrible, Wayne is the best rapper alive, and fathers and sons kissing is natural behavior.

    • TrollHunter

      Stop it already with all the dick riding going on. Birdman and Wayne is absolute trash (this is obvious to anyone with an IQ above 4.7). Jay-z is top 5 greatest of all time (obviously) and J Cole like Nas, can't pick a good beat to save his life so he comes off as being wacker than he is. End of story.

    • dentaldamboy

      Then you're a dickrider of Jay Z.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, you are.

    • dentaldamboy

      Im no dickrider or stan.

    • HHp

      Then why be both? You lil Stans are the worst

    • dentaldamboy

      I rather be a hater than a dickrider.

    • Anonymous

      Typical YMCMB groupie/Jay-Z hater response.

    • dentaldamboy

      Typical Jay Z groupie response.

    • Anonymous

      J Cole is dope. The reason why he and Jay-Z were successful is because they both made dope music that both the underground and the mainstream can like. Birdman was never shit, but he became rich because of Wayne. Wayne is not true hip-hop; he's true pop music.

    • dentaldamboy

      J Cole is so wack that others don't need to listen to that shit. The only reason why Jay Z and J Cole are so successful is because so many dumbasses like you but their shit. Birdman is the first rapper ever that got overlooked unfortunately but was able to lift Wayne up to successful heights. Wayne is true hiphop.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne is wack as fuck and needs to retire. He makes shitty pop music and is under a failing rapper named Birdman. Cole, however makes true hip-hop music and his mentor is Jay-Z, one of the most successful rappers of all time.

    • Anonymous

      It's amazing how you don't like cole and yet, you read an article pertaining to him to criticize him. You don't like him, don't fuck with him. Simple.

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