Other rappers and singers are making their voices heard by stepping foot in Ferguson, Mo and expressing their feelings towards oppression, racism and injustice through song.
“It’s really important to see hip-hop’s role of being some grown-ups and doing some really stand-up, grown-up stuff,” Public Enemy’s Chuck D, one of rap’s most powerful voices, said in a recent interview. “These people have actually stood up … and that has to be saluted.”
Chuck D said he’s impressed with today’s rappers taking action and advocating through hip-hop. In particular, he’s proud of J. Cole who released “Be Free” in honor of Brown.
“When the dogs bite, when the beatings, when I’m feeling sad I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t feel so bad,” she sings.
“I wanted to do my part in bringing awareness to it, so that at the end of the day that I can sleep well knowing that I used my voice correctly,” the Game said.
“I don’t believe everyone has a role for this, and I also don’t believe quantity takes over as quality. I think we have a quality combination in there,” Chuck D said.