Video: J. Cole f/ TLC – ‘Crooked Smile’

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J. Cole sends a powerful message against the war on drugs in the short film for “Crooked Smile,” the TLC-assisted single off his sophomore album Born Sinner. A family gathering turns tragic in the cinematic clip, which was inspired by Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010.

Cole plays the young girl’s big brother. His parents and sister come over to celebrate her birthday, but cops end up raiding the house at night, arresting Cole for drugs and shooting the innocent girl.

Meanwhile, one of the police officers is shown in similar scenes with his daughter, who happens to be Cole’s sister’s classmate. Despite their different backgrounds, they’re more similar than they thought.

The National Anthem plays in the background while an emotional Cole looks through the back seat of a cop car as his sister’s body is carried out.

He dedicates the somber clip to Stanley-Jones with a message: “And please reconsider your war on drugs.”

See the stirring visuals below.



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32 Comments

  1. chris

    why is the video not available in the uk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. 2bad2bme

    Very sad video but I loved it

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  3. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter)

    This video is so damn good!

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  4. Phoenix Wright

    I’m seriously in tearing up right now…

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  5. BEDSTUYFLY

    A TRUE ARTIST. LUV HIM

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  6. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    OMG THAT WAS SAD :(

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  7. Monkeyman

    POWERFUL!!!!!!

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  8. AAA

    I love the video, but it dosent relate to the song

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    saint Reply:

    @AAA, you’re right. I thought it will be something like TLC’s Unpretty.

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  10. Heather

    And this point, I don’t even care that TLC has been MIA for J. Cole since this song has been released. This is the second single from Born Sinner and the second video that has gone in a completely different direction than what most of the public expected. Absolutely love J. Cole for his creativity and passion. He truly cares about his craft.

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  11. channel_ROMAN

    Wow.

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  12. Chloé Magnolia

    He killed two birds with one stone in this video. Killings by police officers and the war on drugs. I liked it. He could’ve done something incredibly cheesy given the message of the song.

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  13. iL0veee___

    Dam I ain’t even watch the video yet, just by the comments and the description of the video , tell me that J.Cole proved once again whined should fuck with him cause he got it ….

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  14. fonkyfresh

    it’s good… powerful– but where’s TLC?? I dunno kinda disappointed I waited 3 months not to see ‘em!

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    Ewan Reply:

    @fonkyfresh, And THAT’S the million dollar question! I’ve heard two things, one being that T-Boz’s sickle cell prevented her from being there and the other is Chili claiming “Scheduling Conflicts.”

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  15. tre

    waited too long to put out a video

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  16. Ron'Do

    Awesome !!!!

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  21. Alice

    BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR/SUMMER HANDS DOWN!! Love him, dearly.

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  23. pete

    I could have directed a better. Video he trying to copy kendrik l lamar,that vdeo doesnt relate to the. Song where is tlc,that video is for people who have crooked smile not shooting a child,j cole do better

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    Chauncey Reply:

    @pete, GTFOH, you ignorant cretin. You know nothing.

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  25. truth

    Great Concept, But VERY bad Directed!!

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  27. JD

    Great message as sad as it made me.

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