Joe Budden, Joe Budden’s instagram via @joebudden, retrieved 7-13-16
Joe Budden, Joe Budden’s instagram via @joebudden, retrieved 7-13-16
Joe Budden, Joe Budden’s instagram via @joebudden, retrieved 7-13-16

History always repeats itself. There’s no doubt that our world is changing. Over the past 4 years, police brutality has been on the forefront more and more with the constant shooting of our black men. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has taken the place of the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and all through the 1960s.

With no justice in sight for the murders of Mike Brown, Eric Gardner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and more recently Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, celebrities are starting to speak out more about racial injustice and the Silent War that is slowly building against our people.

Rapper Joe Budden has taken his spotlight and decided to use it in his freestyle over Beyonce’s “Freedom” to powerfully and proudly demand just that…Freedom. The New York rapper address race relations in this country and mentions Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, Sandra Bland and Eric Gardner in the song.

As the song begins, Budden uses actor Jesse Williams’ powerful BET speech and video from Castile’s fatal shooting that his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds live streamed on Facebook. Jarring’s images continue throughout the powerful YouTube video showing protests throughout our history.

Over the beat, Budden raps:

They sayin’ let’s make America great again,

I’m curious, what time would you like to place us in? 

Were we degraded then? Did they enslave us then?

Or is it ignorant of me to even say again? 

If it’s Civil War, then what are we civil for?

If this is freedom to y’all, you better get us some more.


In making the track, Joe explained the importance of its roots to

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),” he said. 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 ppl decide to stop saying it. Some deem us threatening now by sheer design. We are not.”

Take a listen to the track below:

Written By: Jnelle Belle


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