J. Cole Mourns Slain Teen Michael Brown With New Track "Be Free"
J. Cole drops a joint straight from the heart with the arrival of “Be Free” – a track dedicated to slain St. Louis teen Michael Brown, who was killed last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri while visiting his grandmother. Cole’s response to the death of the unarmed teen is the latest in a continued stream of public reactions from musicians, activists and members of the general public weary of mourning the violent deaths of black men. Cole commented on the phenomenon in a statement on the Dreamvillain blog:
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.
Cole dropped the memorial track with a note acknowledging Michael Brown and the need to eradicate the painful trend of senseless murder in communities of color.
Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free – Cole
Check the track below to listen to “Be Free” from J. Cole. Peace to Michael Brown.