Common Reflects on Black America with New Album
It’s been two years since Common dropped ‘Nobody’s Smiling’, a 14-track album that traced the volatile roots and high crime rates in the streets of Chicago.
The mood was dark and reflective with hopes that the ill-reflections of the city would change for the better.
Now, with his 11th project release, Black America Again, Common is turning the conversation to a broader space and looking at the state of society. Leading the project with the Stevie Wonder-assisted single, Black America Again, the song addresses injustices happening against the Black community.
“Letter to the Free”, another single from the project was featured on Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary The 13th, which sheds an eye-alerting light on the justice system and slavery.
In an earlier interview with Complex, the Chi-rapper expressed that his current album
“was inspired by people enjoying art.” The 15-track album also features guest appearances from BJ The Chicago Kid, Marsha Ambrosious, Bilal and John Legend.
“Black America Again” is available on iTunes.