Be Free Essay

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Across the country, it seemed a “new Trayvon Martin” would appear on America’s television screen daily. As these high profile cases developed with a rise of Black and Brown women and men dying, Hip-Hop artists took to conscious lyrics and activism to express their dismay of America’s justice system and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. After Michael Brown’s death in 2014, J. Cole penned an open letter demanding an end to injustice stating before flying out to Ferguson’s protests:
"I 'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men, We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend".
Further discussing his frustrations Cole took to his music by creating the song Be Free. Inspired by the death of Brown the song heavily proclaimed that Black people were not free and still tied down systematically by the chains of White Supremacy and a corrupt justice system:
“Can you tell me why
Every time I step outside I see my niggas die
I 'm lettin ' you know
That
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Yet, it was Lamar’s feature on Freedom that push the envelope for Black Lives Matter and another artist who was slowly stepping into a more political voice in her music. Beyonce’s 2016 Freedom performance at the BET Awards featuring Kendrick Lamar was already immersed with a conscious sound as the lyrics below express Beyonce’s response to breaking the chains of White supremacy:
“I 'ma wade, I 'ma wave through the waters
Tell the tide, "Don 't move"
I 'ma riot, I 'ma riot through your borders
Call me bulletproof
Lord forgive me, I 've been

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