TikTok’s ‘She Knows’ trend shows the good and bad side of intuition

An old J. Cole song is the score to a new TikTok meme about intuition. The trend uses an 8-year-old track from the rapper’s album Born Sinner called “She Knows.” TikTokers are using the song to share the times that they could feel something in their gut was true. And people are getting pretty vulnerable. 

The musical origins of the “She Knows” TikTok trend

In 2013 the rapper J. Cole released his critically acclaimed album Born Sinner. The track “She Knows” was the second single off the album. The lyrics discuss J. Cole’s experiences with infidelity. The premise is that his girlfriend knows he is cheating and he feels guilty about it. 

“This is Martin Luther King in the club, getting dubs / With a bad b**** in his ear, sayin’ that she down for whatever / In the back of his mind is Coretta,” J. Cole rapped in the part used on TikTok. 

“And she knows, she knows / And I know she knows, and I know she knows / And deep down, she knows, she knows / And I know she knows, and I know she knows.” 

What is the “She Knows” TikTok trend

The “She Knows” TikTok sound currently has 232,000 videos associated with it. People use the song to soundtrack moments where they felt caught in the act or have caught someone in the act. 

When you know someone is guilty 

https://www.tiktok.com/@hannah_scheiderer/video/6997235974946213126?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

TikToker Hannah Scheiderer believed her boyfriend was having an affair when she found a silver ring in the glove compartment of his car. Scheiderer only wears gold jewelry. However, when the video blew up she later revealed the video was a joke and her boyfriend is not a cheater. 

When someone figures your secret out

“Me stressing about how I’m gonna tell my mom I screwed up my whole life in one night when she gets back from her vacation,” @borgerlinecrazy said. 

Then she showed a text from her mother saying, “I’m worried about you, everything OK?” Somehow her mom knew. 

When they feel a spiritual force is trying to get in contact with them

@fatiwiththefatty

heres the updated version months later #pinkcars #fyp #sheknows

♬ She Knows – J. Cole

“Asked the universe if he was for me, to show me a pink car,” @fatiwiththefatty said, asking for a sign to know if her boyfriend was the one. 

Afterward, she seemed to see pink cars everywhere from real life to social media. 

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