The nation has been up in arms the past week over the shooting of 18-year old, unarmed Michael Brown by the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It has caused numerous protests worldwide and many riots in the city of Ferguson. Well, J. Cole has dedicated a song to the situation called “Be Free,” which you can hear above. One of the reasons I love J. Cole is because he’s excellent at being a voice of the people in situations like these. The song features Cole singing, not rapping, with audio from reports of the incident interspersed throughout. While singing may not be Cole’s strongest suit, the passion he emits, alone, makes up for that. Cole had this to say:
"There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.
I made a song. This is how we feel.