Common is back with Black America Again
Music can change the world because it can change people. - Bono
Black America Again
With so much going on in the world in this very moment, it can be difficult to sift through the soap operatic news cycle, the numerous memes and the unavoidable distractions to find something worth spending time with. So I say with excitement that I am looking forward to Common's new album, Black America Again, which drops tomorrow, November 4.
I know, I know, this space is turning into a music blog. But as a Cusp Millennial, I am a child of the hip-hop generation. While I know that I am spoiled and have never had to deal with many of the issues detailed throughout the history of the greatest verses, I still relate. I am still black in America. When I think about what I love about the culture, one thing that always stands out is certain artists' ability to describe the current state of what it means to be black in America. Common is someone who has mastered this craft, and for this I admire him greatly.
Black America Again is looking like it will not only address much of the plight of black America, but may also prove itself to be a history lesson that reminds those who don't seem to remember the history we come from. For example, on the title track Black America Again Common says:
"Same man that stole the land from Chief Black Smoke/And made the whip crackle on our back slow/And made us go through the back door/And raffle black bodies on the slave blocks/Now we slave to the blocks, on 'em we spray shots/Leaving our own to lay in a box."
The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and will be available everywhere tomorrow. Check out the griping video for Black America Again ft. Stevie Wonder the meantime below, and keep this album on your radar. Let's hope Bono is right and we begin to see some change.