Michael Brown 's Be Free Essay

1203 Words Oct 25th, 2015 null Page
“I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of justice. Only then will we all be free.” This powerful statement came from a man named Jermaine Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, along with a very powerful protest song titled “Be Free” after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This song can be classified as a protest song because it makes a specific point at an audience and states that it needs to be changed. By looking at the intentions and meaning of the song “Be Free,” the background of Jermaine Cole’s life, and the background of police brutality, one will see that Cole can have a very powerful voice in the controversial subject of police shootings and use of excess force. This is important because these are family members and loved-ones losing their lives to this force and shootings by police. The first verse of “Be Free” is the initial reveal of the emotion that is about to be released through the entire song. Cole opens the song with “I’m in denial, and it don’t take no X-ray to see right through my smile.” This line is like shattering glass on the smooth background of the Rhodes style keyboard, continuously stroking minor chords at a fast pace, leaving you thinking about what he is so upset about. He then states, “I be on the go, and it ain’t no drink out there that can numb my soul. Oh, no.” This pulls you even deeper in Jermaine’s feelings. Cole drags on more time before he ever let’s you know what the real issue is.…

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