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J. Cole Drops TLC-Assisted Single ‘Crooked Smile,’ Announces $1 Summer Tour

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J. Cole is giving fans a “Crooked Smile” with the release of his latest TLC-assisted single and a slew of North American tour dates kicking off this summer.

The second single off Cole’s forthcoming album Born Sinner comes nearly four months after the release of his current hit, “Power Trip” featuring Miguel, which peaked at No. 20 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Listen to “Crooked Smile” below.

This time around, “Crooked Smile” sees the rapper spitting about self-love and inner beauty, specifically to women.

“You wake up, put make up on/Stare in the mirror/But it’s clear that you can’t face what’s wrong/No need to fix what God already put his paintbrush on.”

TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz back up the Cole on the hook with their message female empowerment.

“On my way, on my way, on my way down/On my way, on my way, on my way down/ You’re the one that was trying to keep me way down/Like the sun now you know I’d find my way back ’round.”

Cole will be finding his way around North America on the Dollar And A Dream Tour, kicking off June 11 in Miami, but will test die-hard fans by saving show details until the day-of. Tickets will cost just $1.00, but will not be available until the day of the show, nor will venues be revealed in advance, according to Billboard.

Cole attributes the success of his first album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, to his avid fan base, who will have a chance to get up close and personal with the rapper in small intimate venues along the tour.

Cole explained in a recent cover story with Billboard how fans fueled the success of his first album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which sold over 200,000 copies in its first week back in 2011 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

“Every album I sold wasn’t because of a hit song,” he explained. “The single didn’t do the work; my fan base did. It took me a while to see it, but my album changed the business model. It showed the world that a radio single is great, but it’s only a bonus when you already have a fan base and music that people will die for.”

He will pose an unprecedented challenge to that fan base to put Born Sinner at No. 1 when it drops June 18 on Roc Nation/Columbia, the same day as Kanye West’s highly-anticipated album Yeezus. Cole told Billboard last month that he actually moved his release date up specifically to compete with the Watch the Throne rapper, adding, “I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album.”

The rapper feels confident that his work will speak for itself, noting that he’s “always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.”

Dollar And A Dream Tour Dates:
June 11 – Miami, FL
June 12 – Atlanta, GA
June 13 – Baltimore, MD
June 14 – Boston, MA
June 20 – Washington, DC
June 21 – Philadelphia, PA
June 23 – Chicago, IL
June 24 – Houston, TX
June 25 – Detroit, MI
June 26 – Toronto, CA

- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com

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