She Knows

Album: Born Sinner (2013)
Charted: 68 90
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Songfacts®:

  • This song follows the recurring theme on Born Sinner of Cole's struggles with remaining faithful. He knows he hasn't the self-discipline to stop his cheating lifestyle, but acknowledges he is in the wrong and there are signs the rapper's conscience may be winning out.
  • This features a melody from Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors. Cole's crony Ibrahim "IB" Hamad told Vibe magazine: "Working with Amber Coffman was incredible, Cole always been a fan of hers and she was one of the nicest people I've met in this game."
  • The song samples "Bad Things," a track from New York based Indie-Pop band Cult's 2011 self-titled debut album. Hamad recalled to Vibe: "Cole had those drums for over a year before he found the right sample to put on top of it. One night in LA he came across that sample when we were working at Record Plant."
  • The video was directed by Sam Pilling (Usher's "Climax" and Two Door Cinema Club's "Handshake"). The clip stars Harold Perrineau (The Best Man Holiday) and Rochelle Aytes (CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story) as two teenagers playing truant from school.

    Pilling told Promo News that working on the clip was a highlight for him. "J.Cole really believed in my vision and fought against putting performance in the video," the director said. "He also pushed for professional actors."
  • The song re-emerged in 2021 after creators used it to soundtrack TikTok videos.

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