(For Aiyana Stanley-Jones and please reconsider your war on drugs. - A message from J.Cole)

from J. Cole (Ft. TLC) – Crooked Smile Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The whole Crooked Smile video took a dark turn. Instead of being an uplifting, happy song, it is similar to the story of the person it was dedicated to, Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Aiyana was gunned down by a Detroit SWAT Team member when a flash grenade was thrown and he fired a shot, hitting her in the head area.

Even though in that case it was about a murder investigation and not the war on drugs, Cole adapts this story to tell his message. Not only is it unique, but it changes the definition of “Crooked Smile”, as someone could have another smile in their lifetime about something not only knowing they killed an innocent person, but that they can’t have another smile. The officer, Joe Weekely, has a trial rescheduled for December.

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