Common ft. Stevie Wonder: ‘Black America Again’
Before the instrumental keys in, we see the disturbing video of Alton Sterling being bodied to the ground by police.
What becomes of the hostile situation is unarmed Black male, selling CDS outside of a local convenience store, dead. Then, images of Black faces with tears streaming down their cheeks cut in and out before rapper Common speaks:
“Here we go/here, here we go again/Trayvon will never get to be an older man…”
The visual accompanies Common’s newly released single, “Black America Again” which addresses the injustices happening against the Black community. While the Chi-town rapper acknowledges the stolen childhood of Black children, mass incarceration and other societal ills, he also places a responsibility on the Black community by pointing out the plotted vicious cycle of so called “Black-on-Black” crime.
“Now we slave to the block/ on’em we spray shots/leaving our own to lay in a box/Black mother’s stomachs stay in a knot/We kill each other, it’s part of the plot/I wish the hating will stop…”
“Black America Again” features Stevie Wonder on keys and vocals in addition to the gracefully talented Esperanza Spalding on bass, strings by Patrick Warren, ad-libs by Chuck D. and track scratches by J-Rock.
Check it out below.