Just days after releasing his emotional tribute song, ‘Be Free’ (listen below), J. Cole traveled to Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday (Aug. 17) to pay his respects to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a police officer.
“Be Free” is a prayer that one day, the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice.
Accompanied with his song “Be Free,” Cole wrote a reflective message:
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.