New Music: J.Cole Feat. TLC, “Crooked Smile”


There’s nothing in the entire world more attractive than an intelligent, confident man. Confident not arrogant. Intelligent without being demeaning.

As previously expressed on Twitter, J. Cole essentially represents what I strive for and what I respect in a quality man. Highly educated, incredibly bright, not pretentious or egotistical about his intellect. Can speak to the most enlightened mind and the most “gutter.” That is my favorite kind of man. A blending of both worlds.

And if you haven’t heard any of his previous musical installments in hip hop’s infinite playlist,  then take a moment to listen to his second single, “Crooked Smile”, off of his June 18 album, Born Sinner.

Cole pokes fun at his “crooked smile”  and unibrow (both of which Alyssa finds very sexy. #sorrynotsorry) as he raps along the beat of the song:

They tell me I should fix my grill cause I got money now

I ain’t gon’ sit around and front like I ain’t thought about it

A perfect smile is more appealing but it’s funny how

My sh-t is crooked look at how far I done got without itI keep my twisted grill, just to show them kids it’s real

We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still

I got smart, I got rich, and I got b-tches still

And they all look my eyebrows: thick as hell

And whilst he takes a gander at himself and the things other find imperfect, he encourages women to feel empowered by their pros and to hell with their cons:

Love yourself, girl, or nobody will

Oh, you a woman? I don’t know how you deal

With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels

I feel for you

Killing yourself to find a man that’ll kill for you

You wake up, put makeup on

Stare in the mirror but its clear that you can’t face what’s wrong

No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on

Your roommate yelling, “Why you gotta take so long?”

What it’s like to have a crooked smile

This crooked smile

To all the women with the flaws, know it’s hard my darling

You wonder why you’re lonely and your man’s not calling

You keep falling victim cause you’re insecure

And when I tell you that you’re beautiful you can’t be sure

Cause you see that no one wants you back and it got you asking

So all you see is what you lacking, not what you packing

Take it from a man that loves what you got

And baby you’re a star, don’t let ‘em tell you you’re not

Now is it real? Eyebrows, fingernails, hair

Is it real? if it’s not, girl you don’t care

Cause what’s real is something that the eyes can’t see

That the hands can’t touch, that them broads can’t be, and that’s you

Never let ‘em see your friend

And if you need a friend to pick you up, I’ll be around

And we can ride with the windows down, the music loud

I can tell you ain’t laughed in a while

But I wanna see that Crooked Smile

You know I never drop this many lyrics, so the song is definitely worth a listen!!!

And how perfect is it that he used one of the biggest girl groups of all time on the song who made us all step up and shoot down those who make us feel “Unpretty”? We approve Jermaine.

And just because, another noteworthy, may-contradict-what-I-said-about-Cole-not-being-ego-driven-but-so-what, song off of the new album.

“N****s Know”


Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

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