Despite being embroiled in a (one-sided) battle with Drake, rapper Joe Budden proves there is more important topics at hand currently in society. In a powerful remix of Beyonce's hit "Freedom," Budden offers his take on America's history of racism in the context of recent state violence against black people.
Budden includes a litany of poignant and quotable lines in the single, commenting on everything from America's dirty lineage to police brutality. The rapper also included a written statement in the song's description:
"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