In an interview with BBC 1Xtra, J. Cole name-dropped iconic girl group TLC as one of the collaborators on his forthcoming sophomore effort, “Born Sinner.”
Cole also confirmed that he would be the only rapper on the album; the record will reportedly only include featured singers, rather than hip hop artists.
The rapper told Fuse on Thursday (May 23) that the group’s appearance has a lot to do with management pulling strings to get surviving members Chilli and T-Boz involved. “That's management right there, shout out to Bystorm; they made that happen," Cole said. "The same thing with Missy Elliott, sometimes you need management to pull those favors, to make those calls.”
The announcement marks the newest return to recording for TLC, which went largely dormant after Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes' death in 2002. The duo is recording a new album, which will reportedly feature Drake and Ne-Yo.
Earlier this week, Cole announced he would be moving up the release date of “Born Sinner” from June 25 to June 18 to compete with Kanye West’s highly anticipated “Yeezus” LP. “Power Trip,” the first single from the album, has peaked at No, 20 on the Hot 100.