Rolling Stone’s Take on Common’s ‘Black America Again’ Remix

Common recruited Gucci Mane and Pusha T for a jazzy remix of his recent single "Black America Again." Nicholas Hunt/Getty, Paras Griffin/Getty
Common recruited Gucci Mane and Pusha T for a jazzy remix of his recent single “Black America Again.” Nicholas Hunt/Getty, Paras Griffin/Getty

Common recruits Gucci Mane and Pusha T for a jazzy, socially conscious remix of “Black America Again,” the title track of his recently released 11th LP. “We wow the world with black magnificence/ A symphony for the divine and we the instruments: black innocence,” Common raps over gritty drums and an arpeggiated piano loop.Gucci touches on his prison stint and the difficulty of being “a black man in a white man country.” “Come look into the eyes of a man named Gucci/ Got me peeping out the blinds like Malcolm with the uzi,” he rhymes. “The government, the church, and the world is so polluted/ They callin’ me a criminal, and I’m a revolution.”

Pusha continues the theme of race relations: “I’ve been part of the problem/ As of lately, I’m trying to solve ’em/ I sold dope, and I still talk the jargon/ Just like Malcolm ‘fore the X was on him.”
The original “Black America Again,” which featured a chorus cameo by Stevie Wonder, highlights the Common’s new album of the same name. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the rapper called the song “a call to action,” highlighting the racial injustices prevalent in American society.

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Source: Rolling Stone | Ryan Reed