100 Best Songs of 2013


J. Cole, "Crooked Smile"

J. Cole
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Over piano chords straight out of Kanye's College Dropout, the North Carolina rapper opens up about his own insecurities and reassures fans about theirs. It's lush soul rap that's uplifting but never boring – making self-affirmation sound like a hot night at a velvet-rope club.

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