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New Music Video: J. Cole “Crooked Smile”

By Stephfon Guidry

J.Cole-Crooked-SmileJ. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is a sit down and listen track with a video that demands attention from his “Born Sinner” album. J. Cole spits out storytelling lyrics detailing a tale of two fathers. He portrays a father preparing for his daughter’s birthday as another featured actor is playing Cop. It is in their clash that everything in the story gets gritty and real. J.Cole’s music video visually depicts this hard knock life of being a family man and getting caught up. The bullet has no name or age limit which is so true to current events. Gun violence is present everywhere in America as the video states and it is no longer a random happenstance.

“Crooked Smile” is bursting with lyrics all about self-love and embracing your flaws. TLC is a perfect fit for the chorus to the track for this uplifting single. J. Cole pairs emotional lyrics with deep imagery. The dedication is clear and painfully beautiful for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7 year-old victim to gun violence in a police raid. Take a few moments and let “Crooked Smile” lyrically bring a smile to your face then visually bring tears to your eyes.

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