J. Cole, TLC Dedicate ‘Crooked Smile’ Video to Young Shooting Victim


This visual collaboration ends with a twist that is sure to pull on your heart strings

The music video for J. Cole and TLC’s single,”Crooked Smile,” was released Wednesday after the song made its way to the Billboard Top 40.

The “Work Out” singer, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas create a visual memorial in remembrance of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year-old girl that died during a police raid. The emotional clip uses inspiration from Aiyana’s story.  

The video begins with shots of J. Cole preparing for a little girl’s birthday party at his home and another man getting ready for his job as a policeman. J. Cole enjoys the party with who seems to be family or friends until cops raids his home looking for drugs. The little girl is killed by one of the officers as J. Cole’s character is arrested. There are then several scenes of the little girl, including one where she is in a classroom with the policeman’s daughter.

The duo leaves viewers with a message at the end of the tribute to “please reconsider your war on drugs.”

The video’s significance caused J. Cole to re-shoot it for a second time. “It came out nice, but it just didn’t come out exactly how I wanted,” he told Missinfo. “It’s such an important song so I want the visual to match.”

The TLC-supported track is on J. Cole’s second album, Born Sinner, which was released in June.

What do you think of the emotional tribute?