J. Cole And Surprise Guest Jennifer Hudson Team Up On “Crooked Smile”

Finally, the most talked about moment from the 2013 Do Something! Awards is available for you to watch over and over again! Of course, there were a bevy of highlights during VH1’s annual awards show that aired back on July 31, but none that caused the kind of social media uproar as when surprise guest Jennifer Hudson teamed up with hip-hop’s newest superstar, J. Cole, for a moving performance of Cole’s anthem of empowerment, “Crooked Smile.”

On the album track from J. Cole’s #1 smash Born Sinner, the chorus is sung by TLC, but Do Something! honoree J-Hud stepped in to sing the potent chorus: “I’m on my way, on my way, on my way down / You’re the one that was trying to keep me way down / But like the sun know you know I found my way back ’round.” This pairing makes additional sense when you consider that “Crooked Smile” samples Hudson’s “No One’s Gonna Love You.”