Various Artists “Don’t Shoot”

A la Game’s Michael Jackson tribute track (Remember that one?! Loved that one.), he recruits an incredibly big lineup of big names for a tribute to the fallen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It naturally took a lot of time for all these artists listed above in the cover art to do their thing and yet, the song still impacts at a time when a message this big and delivered by this many big artists can really speak to the people. Can’t knock that sentiment right?

It’s hard to pick my favorite raps from this one, but I will say that TGT’s singing contribution is the perfect break between each series of verses. Keep your ears peeled.

J. Cole “Be Free”

UPDATE: Out of respect to Michael Brown’s family, J. Cole has replaced the earlier artwork to the one above.

There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel.

Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.

– J. Cole

Amen! Let’s all think of J. Cole’s words above, the words he emotionally delivers in the song, and focus our positive attention on the unsettled injustices in Ferguson and throughout the world. For these few minutes today, we can attract change through positive thinking and the law of attraction. #IndigoMinute

Props, J. Cole.

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Elle Varner “One Love”

“I know it’s crazy, to think of this daily/ Imagine no one needing guns, only once, impossible, maybe/ but we’ve never tried it, the whole world is silent, respecting each other, our gods, and our brothers, kill them with kindness”

– Elle Varner

Akin to J. Cole’s well-received “Be Free” earlier today, Elle Varner releases a touching new song as tribute and positive thinking with the Ferguson, Missouri situation at large. I’m vibing with “One Love” and how Ms. Varner delivers the message. Everything about this is on point so listen below.

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