I’m sure you know all about the tragedy of Michael Brown and what’s going on in Ferguson. From the death of a young man to police retaliation and journalists getting jailed, it’s a shocking and sad state of affairs. Yesterday, I posed the question of hip-hop’s commentary (or lack thereof) in what’s going on. As the voice of young black and brown kids, hip-hop needs to take a stand. I got a lot of Twitter response and today, J. Cole put out a track called “Be Free.”
Everyone on my TL waiting for hip-hop to speak on #ferguson … Anyone?
— Sowmya Krishnamurthy (@SowmyaK) August 15, 2014
“Be Free” is a heart-wrenching song and you can hear Cole’s emotions pouring out. I really respect Jermaine and the whole Dreamville team for doing this. It’s easy to forget your roots once you become a big star and J. Cole hasn’t. Also, make sure to read Killer Mike’s heartfelt words dedicated to the Brown family.