Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death, war, peace, race relations, and whatever else feels relevant.
J. Cole released a poignant new song called “Be Free” in the wake of the Michael Brown tragedy. Just hours after its posting, the somber tribute became the most-talked about track on Twitter in the U.S., reaching the No. 1 position on the Trending 140 by 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15.