This track is certainly something we all need to hear. Tree manages to neatly encapsulate the dichotomy of an America tore apart by race and class with the simple question “I wonder how my white friends feel, I’m a nigga, a nigga that might get killed by the police mon, police mon?”
When he released the song, Tree included this note: This song is a real conversation starter. After working with Tye Hill in the studio for a few sessions of freestyling and punch recording, I began to get back to the old Tree. The one who had something to say that was relevant to us all. In that session, I came up with this hook that was both socially conscious and an obvious understatement. With all that’s going on in our urban communities involving the police, I thought it is only right to say how I feel. More than that I began to have debates days before with my white friends about their take on the issue of constant killings of young black men by police officers in America and the world. The truth is I do have white friends and counterparts that i both adore and value and I’m positive that the feeling is mutual. What I found in conversation with these white friends is yes they definitely think something’s wrong and unfair, they just don’t know how to help or be effective. Some even ask what can I do, what can I say?? Who can I talk too? At that moment were both often presented with an uneasy silence because I don’t have the answer either. What I can, and often do tell them, is say something! Denounce it on social media and have these discussions with other civic-minded people who will do the same. In light of these experiences, I was compelled to put it in a song titled “Policemon.” In this song, I ask the question that we all should as people of color. How do my white friends feel about the fact that I’m a target here in america? How do my white friends feel about the fact that after I leave a bar or restaurant with you guys, that it’s a real fear and possibility that I can be pulled over and shot? On the side of any street in America, for all the wrong reasons. The consequence in whatever measure meted out is unwarranted, unjust. 99% of the time these killings are dealt with by the police and justice department themselves, as well as Congress. I also go into detail about how I know people, and have been at a time or two on the other side of the law, but in a world of limited avenues and opportunities for some, there is still no reason to kill, shoot, or maim an individual because of their surroundings and condition. If a cop chases you and you run, that doesn’t give them the right to play God in the ghetto! Playing executioner and judge of the projects are a crime. So with that here is my song, I hope you all start a healthy dialogue and speak out because the community is at risk and we can’t do it by marching and looting. My white friends have to speak out!