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J. Cole Performs ‘Born Sinner’ on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,’ Reveals Competitive Spirit Against Kanye West


J. Cole returned to the stage on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, adding some new flavor to his track “Power Trip” by performing alongside the Roots.

Dressed in a leather color block sweatshirt, the Roc Nation rapper moved through the track, which touches on a love spell a woman has on him.

“Got me up all night, all I’m singing is love songs/ She got me up all night, constant drinking and love songs,” he raps. A Roots member filled in for Miguel, singing the chorus for the artist, who wasn’t present for his part. “Would you believe me if I said I’m in love/ I want you to want me,” he croons.

“Power Trip,” which currently sits at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, will appear on Cole’s sophomore LP, “Born Sinner.” The rhymer moved the release of the project up one week to compete with Kanye West, whose sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” arrives June 18.

“Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real,” J. Cole told Billboard about the album release date decision. “I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date.'”

The North Carolina native is “confident” in his forthcoming LP, which means he won’t allow the project to become an afterthought. “I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album,” he reveals. “It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”

June 18 will also be a big day for Mac Miller, whose sophomore effort, “Watching Movies With the Sound Off,” debuts, as well as for Kelly Rowland, whose fourth album, “Talk a Good Game,” arrives.

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