Johnnie Cochran dead, who gonna get us us free now?

from Kanye West (Ft. Common, Q-Tip, Rhymefest & Talib Kweli) – We Can Make It Better Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Johnnie Cochran was the lawyer who famously got O.J. acquitted for the double murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

After this he became the go to defence lawyer for black celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Puffy, Tupac and Snoop.

Rick Ross would later name-drop Cochran in a very different context in Ali Bomaye.

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