J.Cole continues to roll out promotion of his stellar Born Sinner LP by unveiling the music video for Crooked Smile. The song, which borrows lovely vocals from the talented TLC, shows empathy for the way women are objectified in society. The song, while important, plays the background to a larger story of separation painted by director Sheldon Candis. For a refreshing turn in rap videos, the mini-film ties in nicely with themes presented in the album, specifically the conundrum of ‘sinning for good’. Tying it all together is an ending homage to Aiyana Stanley Jones, a 7 year-old girl killed during a police raid in Detroit. Enjoy the powerful visuals here, and be sure to catch Born Sinner on iTunes ($14 USD) now.
First debuting at this years Sundance Film Festival, LUV is set to hit screens November of this year with Common leading the cast in this coming-of-age story. Set in Baltimore, the story starts with Woody, played by Michael Rainey Jr., as a young boy lacking a male role model, and his uncle Vincent, played by Common. As Vincent takes his nephew to school, he decides to instead take him out for the day and show him how to be a man. What ensues is a day full of turmoil as Vincent’s old life comes back to haunt him. Featuring stellar turns by both Common and newcomer Rainey Jr., the film directed by Sheldon Candis offers a refreshing change from the usual grittiness associated with gangland crime capers. Look for this at a silver screen near you. Enjoy.