Listen to Joe Budden's Powerful Freestyle Over Beyonce's 'Freedom'
"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 HipHop I fell in love with always encouraged me to do the same (Thank you Public Enemy)....," he writes in a YouTube caption of the freestyle's video. "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."
The visual opens with a clip from the Facebook live video that Diamond Reynolds -- girlfriend to Philando Castile, the 32-year-old man who was fatally shot by police at a traffic stop in his car in Falcon Heights, Minn. -- posted after Castile's death with her young daughter in the backseat heard saying, "It's okay. I'm right here with you." A montage of images play out throughout the video that includes footage of Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner as well as the Black Panther party and present-day protests.
Budden continues, "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 #GodHelpUsAll #TheMissionIsGreat"
Take a moment with Budden's "Freedom" freestyle below.