For years -- particularly since his infamous "George Bush doesn't care about black people" moment in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina -- hip-hop and the black community have looked to Kanye West to speak truth to power in times of distress.
Yet, in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and decisions by respective grand juries not to indict officers for those deaths, as well as the sparking of a larger national conversation about police brutality and racial inequality, Kanye has remained largely silent (other than retweeting a message from Russell Simmons in August).
On Monday night, the rapper sent out a tweet -- his first in a month -- addressing and aligning himself with the recent protests, and including the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.
This weekend, protests happened across the country, most notably in Washington D.C. and New York City. MTV News was on hand in the nation's capital, where we spoke with two of Eric Garner's sons.
“This is very overwhelming, I really appreciate everybody coming out and showing their support and I hope that we can get justice,” 19-year-old Eric Garner Jr. told MTV News. “People want their voices to be heard and [this is] how they’re gonna get justice and [have] their voices be heard.”