WATCH: Common and Roots Performing “Black America Again” on Jimmy Fallon; BJ the Chicago Kid Replicates Stevie Wonder


Common, the Roots and BJ the Chicago Kid performed the smoldering “Black America” Thursday on ‘The Tonight Show.’

Common brought laser focus to his hushed, smoldering performance of “Black America Again” Thursday on The Tonight Show. Decked out in a grey hoodie, the rapper launched into the politically and racially charged track: “Trayvon’ll never get to be an older man,” he observed. “Black children, they childhood stole from them/ Robbed of our names and our language, stole again.”

Backed by the Roots and a string section, all wearing hoodies, Common maneuvered through the song’s limber rhythmic shifts, touching on Black Lives Matter, the Flint water crisis, Sandra Bland and mass incarceration. Guest singer BJ the Chicago Kid recreated Stevie Wonder’s original soulful hook.

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SOURCE: Ryan Reed 
Rolling Stone