The music video for J. Cole's collabo with TLC, "Crooked Smile," should have dropped weeks ago, but the rapper had to reshoot it. "It's such an important song so I want the visual to match," he told Miss Info in late August.
The revised video is a commentary on America's War on Drugs, dedicated to Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the seven-year-old who was shot and killed during a Detroit police raid. Cole stars as a drug dealer who, despite his illegal line of work, is a doting father to an adorable little girl. A DEA agent, with a charming young daughter of his own, co-stars and leads a raid to arrest Cole on his daughter's birthday. The final shot shows the two daughters together, coloring pictures for their daddies in a classroom with the message: "Please reconsider your War on Drugs."
Watch the thought-provoking video above, then check out what Cole told Fuse about the lyrical inspiration behind "Crooked Smile" below.