J Cole performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014 in London, United Kingdom

J Cole performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014 in London, United Kingdom

*J. Cole has responded to the shooting death of Michael Brown with a new song titled “Be Free.”

Over somber piano notes, the rapper wails the refrain, “All we wanna do is take the chains off…all we wanna do is be free.”

His tear-stained delivery moves from spoken word to singing. The lyrics plead for peace and equality in light of Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

The eyewitness accounts of Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson and others are featured in the song.

Listen below.

The tragedy also inspired Cole to tweet for the first time in three weeks. His point is clear: