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J. Cole Revives TLC on Breezy New Single ‘Crooked Smile’

T-Boz and Chilli channel "Unpretty" on North Carolina rapper's upcoming 'Born Sinner'

picture-18927-1372868491Jordan Sargent // June 3, 2013

A few months after ressurecting neo-soul with his Lauryn Hill-sampling “Cole Summer,” J. Cole has reached even farther back into the R&B of his childhood by calling in TLC for a hook on new single “Crooked Smile.” The song — about slight physical imperfections, including Cole’s — recalls TLC’s FanMail mega single “Unpretty” in both sentiment and its breezy, acoustic guitar-driven sound.

Cole’s new album Born Sinner will be released on June 18. Last month, he released a holdover EP.