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J. Cole early Friday morning released a new track titled "Be Free," an emotional cut inspired by the recent death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
"Tired of seeing black boys killed. Tired of seeing black men killed," the rapper said in an email on Friday. "No more being numb to it. Made this yesterday. Not gonna wait for the album to put it out. It's now."
Brown's death has led to protests and outrage over racial profiling and police jurisdiction in Missouri as well as across the country.
J. Cole is one of many public figures and celebrities who have spoken out in the wake of these events.
Listen to "Be Free" below.