Artists React on Heels of Ferguson Decision

Ferguson fallout fuels emotional fire from artists

It was the shot that fueled the fire when unarmed teenager, Michael Brown was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer back in August. Since, artists have been voicing their thoughts about the controversy.

On the night of November 24th, 2014 a grand jury’s decided not to charge officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death. Immediately after the decision was made, riots broke out in the streets of Ferguson.

The musical community has not been quiet about these events from the start. After the decision was handed down, several artists took to social media and even to the stage to vent their frustrations. Scroll down to see how Killer Mike (Run the Jewels), Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Moby, and Questlove (Roots) reacted.

Rapper Killer Mike, who was doing a show in St.Louis, spoke for almost ten minutes about the decision, divulging that he was “kicked” on his “ass today” revealing that he was “so afraid for” his two sons’ lives. His sons are 20 and 12 years old.

In New York, A Tribe Called Quest leadman, Q-Tip offered to front a peaceful protest on the streets of the Big Apple after sending out this tweet:

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Other artists took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction. Rage Against the Machine guitarist activist, Tom Morello tweeted:


Morello had already dropped a single last month called “Marching on Ferguson” in support of the protesters who were subsequently arrested in the backfire of the Brown shooting.


Elsewhere on social media, Moby tweeted:


After watching the coverage, Roots drummer Questlove questioned the use of the tear gas used in the night melay.