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J. Cole Releases “Crooked Smile” Video

by promised, J. Cole has unleashed a stirring video for his hit TLC-assisted single, “Crooked Smile,” off his sophomore album, Born Sinner.

The cinematic clip doesn’t feature TLC, nor does it follow the song’s storyline about a girl dealing with insecurities. Instead, Cole used his visual to pay homage to Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid. Cole portrays her old brother, who gets arrested following a family gathering for Aiyana’s birthday.

The national anthem can be heard in the background after Jones is shot by an officer and then carried out of the house, while Cole looks on from the back seat of a cop car. The video concludes with a powerful message: “And please reconsider your war on drugs.”

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