J.Cole took a visit to Ferguson, Missouri, and paid his respects to Mike Brown. A 18 year old, unarmed teen who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer,Darren Wilson. He chose to leave out media coverage and photo ops, and decided to concentrate on memorializing the murdered teen.
J.Cole stood at the vigil, deep in thought. A few of the town’s residents also spoke with the singer.
But that’s not all Cole left with. He also wrote a reflective message, that he paired with his song. “Be Free”:
“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.