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Earlier this week, J. Cole and Miguel dropped the visual for their love sick collaboration “Power Trip,” and just in case you missed it, the video ends (*spoiler*) with Miguel being murdered and buried in the woods by a jealous J. Cole. The video was definitely jaw-dropping and although J. Cole didn’t know how people would react, he took a risk with the video’s release. He also didn’t know how Miguel was going to respond initially to the news that he was going to have to get offed in the video.

He recently revealed to MTV News, that he and the directors were hesitant about pitching the concept to Miguel because they didn’t know how he would react:

J. Cole Feat. Miguel “Power Trip” [NEW MUSIC VIDEO]

When I was writing the song, I had the vision for the video, so I knew early on. I told them, ‘I got the concept for the video, but really it’s not a performance video, so I don’t even know if Miguel could fit in here ’cause the concept is this,’ but then the moment of clarity came. This is the only way he could fit in the video. ‘Check it out; it sounds crazy, but hear me out. He’s gonna be the boyfriend.’ [But] because I’m going and killing the boyfriend, they’re hearing it and these guys [the directors]…were clearly not thrilled about the idea.

A week goes by, and I’m like, ‘What’s up with Miguel? I haven’t heard nothing back, we’re tryna move on the video, get the location, get the dates,’ and everybody’s real hesitant, like, ‘Oh we haven’t gotten a chance to pitch it to him,’ and I finally realize what’s happening … nobody has the balls to go to Miguel and tell him.

J.Cole x Miguel Perform Power Trip At Barclays Center

J. Cole eventually called up Miguel himself and pitched the idea and was surprised when Miguel said he was thinking the same thing.

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