J. Cole played his smash single “Power Trip” with help from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band the Roots Tuesday night (May 22). It was a solid rendition, as Fallon performances often go, even if Miguel’s voice had to be piped in. “Power Trip” — which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 — features a broken-down beat that collapses in on itself, but the Roots handled it gamely, ?uestlove bashing his cymbals perhaps more than he would’ve liked.
The single is off Cole’s forthcoming Born Sinner LP, which is now out on June 18. Cole reportedly said that he bumped up the release date in order to compete with Kanye West’s much-hyped Yeezus. Cole will very likely “lose” that competition, but the publicity will have been well worth it.