Wearing a dark T-shirt with the “F.$.S.♥" and singing with his eyes closed on CBS’ “Late Show With
He also interpolated a rap that wasn't on his recording, commenting on President Obama's legacy, lamenting what he considers a lack of the change Obama promised during his first campaign, saying, "That's what I get for thinkin' this world is fair/They let a brother steer the ship/And never told him that the ship was sinkin'."
A spokesman for Cole said he's not otherwise commenting about "Be Free," because "he wanted the song to speak for itself."
In August, had said he was spurred to speak out, feeling that he'd become preoccupied with adult concerns as he's gotten older, and less inclined to comment publicly on affairs of the day. But the situation in Ferguson jolted him.
"That could have been me, easily," he said. "It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don't [care] if it's by police or peers. This … is not normal."