J. Cole Embraces His Own Imperfections

(Radio.com) With his sophomore album Born Sinner due out next week (June 18), J. Cole has been subject to the bright spotlight once again. The rapper recently talked about how critical the spotlight can be, how he embraces his own imperfections, and how he is continually working to better himself as a person.

Cole's latest single is the TLC-enhanced "Crooked Smile," and while the rapper really does have a crooked smile, the message of the song is bigger than his own imperfections.

"The song is bigger than just my thing, it's about everybody's thing," he told Hartford, Connec. station Hot 93.7 (a Radio.com station). "Society tries to tell you there's something about you that makes you inferior to the images they're trying to put out there. [The song] is really me embracing my [imperfections] and trying to get other people to embrace theirs."

Cole's not the only celebrity who's trying to embrace who they are as completely as possible. Beyonce recently opposed airbrushing in her H&M ad, and Cole actually experienced a similar predicament.

"Billboard, they gave me the cover, but they tried to airbrush my eyebrows. They tried to Photoshop my eyebrows, but I was like 'Yo, leave them thick!'," he joked. "They're almost connected, I need people to see that."

Part of embracing imperfections, though, is figuring out what you can change to make yourself a better person, and the rapper said education is one aspect of his past he is looking to improve upon.

"I was a student that got good grades, but I should've paid attention more," Cole admitted. "I was really good at passing a test. I knew what I had to do to get the grade but I didn't retain [the information]. I would get an A, but I probably couldn't tell you what was on the test the next week." more on this story

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