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J. Cole Drops Mike Brown Tribute, “Be Free” #Ferguson [LISTEN]

“All we wanna do is take the chains off/ All we wanna do is break the chains off,” J. Cole chants on “Be Free,” a song he penned in tribute to slain Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown.

The Dreamville MC expressed his frustrations with the senseless killings of Black men on August 13 via Twitter. “STOP F*CKIN KILLIN US,” he wrote. But hardly 140 characters were enough for Cole to fully elaborate his feelings on a scenario that Black America knows all too well.

That changes with this track. A stripped down instrumental draws creates a sonic atmosphere where Cole’s lyrics take greater precedent. The North Carolina wordsmith reiterates that “All we wanna do is be free,” a reference to modern day slavery. His voice is hardened with distressed and at times sounds like an instrument in itself.

Hear J. Cole’s passionate display of lyricism on “Be Free.”

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  • Please stop

    I love Cole because it never feels like he does things for attention. And you can hear the anguish and despair in his voice.

  • Tamara

    On wow!! This song is so passionate & it truly touched me.

  • Duma

    This song really pays tribute.. America is a well developed country, but African Americans are always going through pain. It’s like there’s no peaceful place in this world for Black people. Tragic seems to follow us wherever we go… RIP Michael Brown!! “No gun was made to take your soul”.

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