Crooked Smile: The original version of this song was three verses he had over a Tupac beat he looped up and just rapped over. It was at a private show for 200 or so winners in L.A. that this whole song started coming to life. During sound check we decided to add a little jam session to give the fans something special and let Cole spit a few verses he had laying around. Our keyboard player played the keys to this beat Cole had made with a Jennifer Hudson sample. It instantly fit with Cole's first verse on "Crooked Smile" and Cole knew what the song was going to be right away. I've never been a part of a song that was worked on for as long as this one. it was incredible to see the transformation. Elite came in and co-produced the record with him and they really took their time on this record. I remember everybody watching a lot of Quincy Jones interviews and documentaries around that time. We all knew this record was special and it was treated that way by everyone involved. Once the hook was added, Cole already had in his mind he wanted to work with TLC. It had a very "Unpretty" feel to it. The vibe of the record and the message was perfect for them.