Using an instrumental of Beyoncé‘s “Freedom,” Joe opens up the freestyle with audio from Diamond Reynolds’, Castile’s girlfriend, Facebook live stream as well as audio from Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech. The New York City-native also posted a explanation behind the song on his personal SoundCloud page.
“I was told there was once a world where slaves communicated with each other via music, and tho I wasn’t present for that, the hip-hop I fell in love with always encouraged me to do the same (Thank you Public Enemy)….
Let this act as an unfortunate reminder that times change and they don’t. #BlackLivesMatter#YallLivesMatter #OurLivesMatter … I’m afraid to wonder what happens when we as a people decide to stop saying it. Some deem us threatening now by sheer design. We are not. We are loving, passionate, cultured and proud, even during unrest. However, with every life viciously and maliciously taken by costumed evil, we grow more and more afraid. What will occur when too many of us are afraid?#IfYouDontValueMyLifeEYEWill
Take a listen to “Freedom” below:
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