Beyonce, Russell Simmons, K.Michelle + Others Share Their Thoughts On The Baltimore Riots

Musicians show support for those protesting Freddie Gray's death.

Baltimore is in a state of emergency following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who was killed while in police custody. We’ve seen rioting, protesting and plenty of arrests in the wake of the wake of this tragic event.

There are those who have criticized the media coverage for not giving a fair and balanced portrayal of what is actually taking place, but members of the music community are taking to social media to share their views and offer their support to the protesters. Read on to hear from Chuck D, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Big Boi, Vic Mensa, Beyonce, and more.


Russell Simmons


Chuck D

Kelly Rowland


Big Boi


Freddie Gibbs

Killer Mike

Vic Mensa

Mimi Faust

Bun B

Dev Hynes

UPDATE: 5/11 10 A.M.

Prince put on a Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore on Sunday night for a “night of healing and celebration” in remembrance of Freddie Gray. Prince, who hadn’t played Baltimore in 14 years, played his hits for two and a half hours. He had asked the crowd to wear gray in honor of the event, which was streamed on TIDAL. Beyonce, Jay Z, Tina Knowles-Lawson, and Alicia Keys were among those in attendance, and Bey, Tina, and Alicia posed with Michael Brown’s mother for the following picture:

Prince also released a track this weekend titled “Baltimore” about the public disharmony currently plaguing the city. Hear “Baltimore” via SoundCloud below.

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