On Tuesday night, the hip-hop star surprised fans with the release of “Snow On Tha Bluff,” a self-titled track that tackles racism, activism and police brutality.
In a politically charged song, the North Carolina native talks about her struggles with activism after scrolling through a social media account of a “young woman,” trying to educate the public about systemic racism.
“There was a young woman, she was smarter than me / I scrolled through her timeline in this jungle and I started reading / She’s mad at these crackers, she’s mad at these investors, this is mad at these cops / She’s mad at my n *** , She’s mad at our ignorance, she wears her heart on the sleeve / she’s mad on celebrities, low key I think ‘she speaks” bouts me, “Cole threw on the track.
The talented lyricist suggests that other African Americans might insist on how to respond to the movement because of their upbringing.
“It took two hundred years for our ancestors to break free / these shackles would be locked up. ‘The mental path is more physical than physical / I see liberty like trees, I can’t grow a forest at night / Hit the ghetto and slowly start planting your seeds,'” he says.
On May 30, Cole took to the streets to protest police brutality in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
A few days later, the Minneapolis mayor and city council members tweeted an article about the move, with the caption “potentially powerful,” giving his thoughts on voting to repeal the Minneapolis Police Department.