Sisqo to Baltimore: 'Use Intellect Over Emotions During These Trying Times'

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Sisqo at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 10, 2011 in New York City. 

As details of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore police custody remain murky, thousands are protesting and demanding change in the way police treat the citizens -- African-Americans in particular -- they're supposed to be protecting.

Sisqó, who grew up in Baltimore before finding massive success with Dru Hill and his solo hit "Thong Song," shared his thoughts with Billboard on the protests in his hometown.

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"Seems like the chips are stacked against us in every inner city in America, especially Baltimore," Sisqó says. "I only say 'especially' because I'm from Baltimore, but I encourage my brothers and sisters in Baltimore to use their intellect over their emotions during these very trying and emotional times. R.I.P Freddie Gray hopefully your death will not go in vain."

Wale recently visited Baltimore to speak to the city's high schoolers and join in the protests. Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ joined New York's protests Wednesday night.