Once TLC saw an early glimpse J Cole “Crooked Smile,” they knew they wanted to work with him. The feel-good message of the Born Sinner” track fits right in line with the message TLC has been spreading for two-plus decades.

“He called for us. It just made sense it has the kind of message that we stand for” , Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins said during the 2013 MTV VMA’s Sunday night.   “He’s an amazing artist. I actually have a new found respect for him. I didn’t know he was so deep lyrically, [and as a] producer. So he’s a really great artist and he deserves to be #1 like he is.” A video for “Crooked Smile” is being shot this Thursday.