Album: Born Sinner
Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Columbia
Producer: J. Cole

"Would you believe me if I said I was in love?" It's a statement as probing as it is bleak, and only made more emphatic by Miguel's glossy falsetto. How far would you be willing to go for your ideal woman, for your "longest crush ever"? On "Power Trip"—the first single from J. Cole's stellar sophomore album, Born Sinner—the North Carolina rapper finds himself questioning many of the same convictions that swirled in "Dreams." And make no mistake: this is as much of a blues song as it is a rap chart-topper. (It peaked at No. 19 on Billboard's Hot 100.)

Employing a searing flute loop from Hubert Laws' 1972 "No More," "Power Trip" explores the lengths to which one man will go for love. But the question remains: After all this time, will she return the affection? "I'm in your city and I'm wondering if you're home now/Went and found her man, but I'm hoping you're alone now," Cole raps. Backed by heart-pounding production, "Power Trip" is about the complicated line between love and obsession, and how delusion has the ability to corrupt completely. Sweetly sinister, Miguel affirms Cole's desires: "Baby, I want you to want me." —Jason Parham