Rapper Common with Stevie Wonder Developing Politically-Charged ‘Black America Again’


Common’s politically charged Stevie Wonder collaboration “Black America Again” will highlight the rapper’s upcoming album of the same name, out November 4th via ARTium/Def Jam Recordings.Black America Again – Common’s 11th album, which follows 2014’s Nobody’s Smiling – also features contributions from John Legend (“Rain”), Bilal (“Joy and Peace,” “Home,” “Letter to the Free”) and BJ the Chicago Kid (“The Day Women Took Over”), among others.

Common released a haunting video for “Black America Again” in September. The clip, which opens with footage of Alton Sterling killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, veers between archival footage and contemplative images of grieving black men and women.

The dense, dynamic “Black America Again” blends simmering strings, DJ scratching and chopped, jazzy piano chords. Throughout, Common references Black Lives Matter, Trayvon Martin, slavery, mass incarceration and the Flint water crisis. Wonder appears during the outro, crooning, “We are rewriting the black American story.”

Common will host a special event at Atlanta’s Morehouse College on October 24th, discussing the prevalent themes and issues that inspired Black America Again. Additional events will be announced.

The rapper recently joined Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Ms. Lauryn Hill and T.I. at all-star Tidal X: 1015 charity event, which raised money for the Robin Hood Foundation.

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Source: Rolling Stone | Ryan Reed