As part of Rolling Stone’s “Take One” series, Vic Mensa recently put on an exclusive performance of “We Could Be Free” — the closing track on his debut album, The Autobiography — at the mag’s headquarters.
Alongside a pianist and guitarist, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper sings of a world without racial or religious barriers. “We could be free, truly/ If we’d only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other.”
The hook is derived from the alleged Harriet Tubman quote: “I could have freed a thousand more if they knew they were slaves.”
Detailing the interpersonal conflicts between police and people of color, the song suggests the only way to bring an end to the strife is by seeing the other side of the conflict.
Last month, the Chicago rapper released the official music video for “We Could Be Free”, which was produced by 1500 or Nothin’ and features vocals from Ty Dolla $ign.
The Autobiography was released last year and is available on several streaming platforms.