J. Cole Drops 'Power Trip' Single Featuring Miguel: Listen

LeAnn Mueller
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In anticipation of his upcoming sophomore album "Born Sinner," J. Cole has released the project's first official single "Power Trip" featuring Miguel.

Appropriately timed for Valentine's Day, the self-produced love anthem sees the Roc Nation rapper reflecting on a doe-eyed, teenage crush that perseveres as he enters adulthood. Cole returns to his hometown after building his name as an artist, but can't shake his attraction to the one that got away. "Now I'm in this bitch and I'm totally bossed out / Old chicks crying ‘cause they know that they lost out / But, I'm still on you, I'm still on you / My drink spill on me / While I feel on you," he raps.

Spitting two verses, Cole also handles hook duties on the cut. Miguel, who won Best R&B Song for "Adorn" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, appears to sling the bridge, polishing the slow-rolling instrumental with falsetto croons.

"I've always wanted to use my voice to shift culture, even if just a millimeter," explains J. Cole. "This song is one of my strongest to date and I look forward to hearing fans' reactions."

The Fayetteville, NC native is currently prepping the release of "Born Sinner," which he announced in November for a Jan. 28 release. The album, now slated for release later this year, already spawned the teaser single "Miss America" that peaked at No. 34 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.

Just yesterday, Cole released the free five-track EP "Truly Yours" as a gift to fans. On Feb. 26, he will speak at Harvard University's Hip Hop Archive for "The Mindstate of a Winner: A Conversation with J. Cole," where he will converse with Professors Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Marcyliena Morgan in front of 100 students.