Crooked Smile

I love the lyrics to this song and some of the message that J. Cole is presenting his listeners about image and how we’re pressured to look, act, and even be a certain way according to what we believe others want us to be:

We don’t look nothing like the people on the screen, You know them movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens, But we got dreams and we got the right to chase ‘em…

We’re all adults now and have fought so strongly for our own independence and individual expression and yet, when we ask ourselves how “authentic” we’ve become we may find the answer to be quite shocking.

We dress, act, and even say things that we’ve copped from others that we may not even fully endorse nor believe. How “independent” are we really?

Lyrics via RapGenius.