With his new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive in-stores now, J. Cole promoted the project with an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday. In light of the various deaths involving police brutality making headlines across the world, the Dreamville MC passed on performing a new song off the album, instead giving the audience a powerful performance of the song “Be Free,” with a new unreleased verse at the 2:28 mark.

Available now on iTunes, industry projections have J. Cole’s new album set to debut No. 1 on Billboard next week. Estimated to sell 320-350k copies opening week, it would be the biggest opening week for a rap album in 2014.

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Audio: J. Cole – “Be Free” (Live on Late Show with David Letterman) (via Yardie)

J. Cole – “Apparently” (Video)
J. Cole – “2014 Forest Hills Drive (Intro)” (Video)
J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Tracklisting)