NEW MUSIC: J. Cole’s Michael Brown Tribute “Be Free” Gave Me Chills


This is probably the most emotional song J. Cole has ever released.

The 29-year-old rapper released a musical tribute to Michael Brown along with a note about how he feels about everything.

There was a time in my life as and when I gave a bad word. 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 bad word if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.

I made a song. This is how we feel.

His voice filled with tears, Cole raps about how he’s fed up with the way Blacks, especially men, are being treated. The insert of Michael Brown’s friend, Dorin Johnson, telling his account of the event gave me chills.

J. Cole is easily at the top of my Top 5 Favorite Rappers list and this just made me love him even more. I have to agree with the writer for VIBE. If your favorite rapper isn’t speaking out…you may want to re-evaluate that person as your favorite rapper.

Listen to the track below.

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