With the city of Baltimore still reeling over the death of Freddie Gray, Wale made his way to Frederick Douglas High School to speak with students. After contacting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake directly, the rapper and D.C. native relayed that he shared the community’s frustration.
“I get it. I’m here to listen first and foremost,” he said “I wanna know exactly what the problem is, ‘cause I’m y’all neighbor. I’m D.C., but I hurt like y’all hurt; I see what’s going on.”
Before heading inside for the surprise talk, D.C. News Fox 5 caught up with Wale, who explained why he came out.
“We need each other,” he said. “We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them. I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.”
Watch Wale take action in Baltimore in the videos above and below.