Hip-hop reacts on social media to the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing protests in Baltimore.
On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore for possession of a switchblade, though it's still not clear why he was pursued in the first place. Police claim Gray was apprehended without force, though bystanders have suggested otherwise, and video evidence shows Gray screaming while being forced into the police's van. What happened next is still being investigated, though by the time Gray arrived at the police station, he was unresponsive, unable to talk or breathe.
Though Gray arrived at the hospital 30 minutes after the arrest, police have since admitted they were not urgent enough in getting Gray the medical care he needed. A week later, on Sunday, April 19, Freddie Gray died in the hospital. The final cause of death has been attributed to a severed spine, though, the cause of said injury is still being investigated. An investigation on police by police.
Ensuing riots and looting, and injuries on behalf of both police and civilians, have led Baltimore into a state of emergency. Peaceful protests are also taking place in Baltimore and across the nation, though the media has continued to highlight the escalating violence.
The hip-hop world has since chimed in on the death of Freddie Gray and its far-reaching implications. Of course, rappers' opinions on the proper course of action vary widely, with some justifying the anger, some denouncing the riots altogether, and most everyone calling for solidarity. First, we hear from Baltimore's own King Los. Twitter responses from Vic Mensa, Meek Mill, and Freddie Gibbs are below, while Instagram commentary on behalf of Killer Mike, Waka Flocka Flame, and Rihanna can be found in the above gallery.
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Baltimore I know you are hurt and i want you to know I LOVE YOU. Things will get better in Jesus name!!!— King Los (@iamKingLos) April 26, 2015
It's so hard for me to lie to you. So I'm praying God takes over your soul with PEACEFULNESS in Jesus name. I kno your hurting. #Bmore— King Los (@iamKingLos) April 26, 2015
Please don't burn down homes ... Stop being destructive and bringing harm to the very things you need. #PrayForBaltimore— King Los (@iamKingLos) April 28, 2015
All the people making judgements on Baltimores actions are seemingly one sided and immediately have disregarded how we got to this point.— King Los (@iamKingLos) April 28, 2015
I'm not condoning violence or destruction but it's a blurred line between your judgement if you don't think "murder" is either of the two.— King Los (@iamKingLos) April 28, 2015
Baltimore I respect it, 100%. Just do it peacefully, we don't need an excuse for them to kill another one of us. #FreddyGray— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) April 27, 2015
If u lootin', u takin' advantage of The Gray family and their loss, using it as excuse to be a thief during a riot. Quite cowardly of u.— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) April 28, 2015
#Baltimore stay strong. I feel how u feel. I lost one of my best friends to police brutality in 2006.— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) April 28, 2015
Don't you understand? We're tired of being murdered in the street like dogs. How many times can you be shot at before you shoot back?— VIC MENSA (@VicMensa) April 28, 2015
Maybe the aggression is misdirected. But you can't say it's unwarranted.— VIC MENSA (@VicMensa) April 28, 2015
And I'm sorry but I don't need to see anyone not black saying how the fuck we should or shouldn't feel. It's just not your place.— VIC MENSA (@VicMensa) April 28, 2015
I'm not forgetting Latinos. My brother was attacked with rubber bullets and tear gas in Baltimore. he's Mexican. he knows that pain.— VIC MENSA (@VicMensa) April 28, 2015
Don't get it twisted. The people are under attack. Not the police.— VIC MENSA (@VicMensa) April 28, 2015
Baltimore doing what they suppose 2 be doing— YG (@YG) April 27, 2015
Damn. Baltimore is getting outta control. I understand protests. I don't understand looting CVS. That's not honoring Freddie Grey.— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) April 27, 2015
No disrespect to the Caucasian community ... But "most" of the the older white men his age come from a racist era! And they still racist!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
And I don't condone what's going on in Bmore "but" our people has been thru so much pain it's hard to control your emotions!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
cameras are finally bringing to light what's been going on for years! So imagine the lies that's been told that destroyed black families!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
2 cops came to court and said I chased them with a gun! I was found guilty 18 and been to jail 4 times for it and still on probation at 27— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
They almost ruined my life! Luckily I was strong enough to overcome it but it's thousands who are not!!! I can't wait to do @cnnireport— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
Even with dirtbikes... "Some cops" intentionally chase the bikes at high rates of speed to make you crash and kill yourself— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
And tearing down Ya own neighborhood is not the solution. it only makes the system look down on us even more as blacks! Let's pray 4 #bmore— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 28, 2015
Just when I thought we were getting better as a society there's always people who wanna keep us down.— FERG (@ASAPferg) April 28, 2015
Running up in the hair store however won't change anything..... Fight smart— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) April 28, 2015
What is happening to America?— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 27, 2015
Yall really think I'm joking when I say it's time for the black people to get back to those witchy roots. A big battle is coming— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 28, 2015
We're really being killed out here as if it's part of some sort of sacrificial ritual.— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 28, 2015
Like... Which one(s) of them has to be killed for the people to be able to relax? Who is the man who's head needs to be had?— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 28, 2015
Damn.... What a crazy time to be black in America— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) April 28, 2015