Who's J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile' Little Girl?

J. Cole's "Crooked Smile" video
September 19, 2013 11:35 AM ET

It looks like J. Cole's "Crooked Smile" video prompted one mother to grin.

The video pays homage to Dominika Jones's late daughter, Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones, who was fatally shot during a 2010 police raid.

During a search for murder suspect Chauncey Owens, who was engaged to Aiyana's aunt, police forced entry into the house where the 7-year-old child slept and fired a shot that led to her death.

Though Cole's video follows a different storyline, it is also centers around a young girl affected by a police raid.

In the video directed by Sheldon Candis, who also helmed "Luv" starring Common, Cole's character's involvement with drugs results in a police squad breaking into his house as he and his little sister sleep.

As the officers search the residence, they discover the little girl. When Cole is arrested, he reflects on the events that preceded the melee.

And yes, there's a clever, unexpected surprise ending.

A message dedicating the video to Aiyana appears on screen as the video wraps, and is followed with a statement about narcotics, " … please reconsider your war on drugs. – J. Cole."

Aiyana's mother expressed her gratitude for the video via Twitter:


Shelton said Aiyana was the motivation for the video:

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Yahoo Hip Hop Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »