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Source | MTV News

J. Cole‘s imperfections inspired “Crooked Smile” and while his latest Born Sinner single is cheery and uplifting, the song’s video takes a very serious turn.

The Roc Nation MC puts his acting skills on display as he plays a drug dealer, who watches his fictional little sister murdered by police. He dedicates the short-film clip to Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year old Detroit girl who was shot and killed when police raided her home in 2010.

“I wanted to come and strike a nerve with this video. It just so happened at the same time ‘Fruitvale Station’ came out — the story about Oscar Grant. I watched that movie and I cried the entire movie,” Cole told MTV News at the iHeart Radio Music Festival, of the critically acclaimed drama released in July.

Filled with fiery emotion, Cole wanted to tell a story that would shed light on police brutality and the injustices that young people of color face on a continuing basis. “I never forgot about this little girl Aiyana Stanley-Jones, I never forgot about her story when it happened a few years ago,” he said. “I definitely wanted to dedicate this video to her and get more people to know about her story.”

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