J. Cole honestly told The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God, and DJ Envy that he was scared to perform before a new audience at the iHeartRadio Festival.

“I was nervous. I ain’t been nervous for a show in so long. I had nerves before the show. It’s such a new crowd for me. They might know “Workout,” they might know a little bit of “Power Trip” but 25 minutes [to perform for a new crowd] is crazy.”

In addition to overcoming his nerves, J. Cole was proud of his decision to perform “Crooked Smile” with TLC for the first time at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

“Man, [my performance with TLC] couldn’t have come at a better time. That record has been out for a few months now. We hadn’t found a way to perform it and they [Chilli & T-Boz] came out and killed it. Anybody that wasn’t standing for the first 20 minutes definitely got on they feet as soon as we said TLC.”