J. Cole x The Roots - "Power Trip" Live On Jimmy Fallon

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J. Cole and The Roots smash out a powerful live performance of Cole's heavy single "Power Trip" on the set of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from last night's show. The official jawn, of course, is a Miguel collabo but Mr. Unlimited was nowhere to be seen this time around (maybe he is still rubbing Khyati's feet for the next 100 days as apology for that flying soopa-dooplex he put on her the other night. Sorry, couldn't resist. Insert your own Miguel-legdrop meme or joke here--its fun!). Which could have been a potential problem, seeing as some previous live renditions we've seen of this particular love/hate song have definitely felt like "The Miguel show, featuring J. Cole."

But Cole definitely brought the requisite intensity to bring the song's emotional punch home, however. And The Roots definitely brought the requisite drama, the requisite slow-building groove and the requisite crashing cymbal crescendoes to the backing track. In fact, if this performance was your introduction to the song you might be like "Whoa. J. Cole & The Roots is a tuff band. I might have to check these cats out. Who's Miguel?" In which case you might also be like "what's a google?" which is maybe just as well because some of the thing rap nerds been saying about Cole online lately would just ruin your high. Speaking for myself I have to say that Cole's contributions to hip-hop and pop culture have ranged from inspiring to tepid over the last year and change. But I'd like to see Big Ghost call him the 'human croc shoe' after this. Definitely bears repeated viewings00get started below: