By Amanda Wicks
Common dropped a powerful, socially conscious new track “Black America Again” today (September 22). The song features Stevie Wonder, and appears on Common’s forthcoming album by the same name.
The video begins with cellphone footage of the Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge, LA. As the screams fade away, Wonder’s keys get louder and Common’s words become even more poignant. “Here we go, here here we go again/ Trayvon’ll never gonna get to be a older man/ Black children, they childhood stole from them/ Robbed of our names and our language, stole again,” he raps in the opening verse, comparing what black people are currently facing in the United States to what they faced during slavery.
Besides invoking Martin’s name, Common also reference the Black Lives Matter movement and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
On top of Wonder, Common also tapped a lot of big musicians to participate in the track. Esperanza Spalding appears on bass and Patrick Warren on strings, while J Rock lends scratches and Chuck D and MC Lyte ad lib throughout.
Common’s new album will also feature John Legend, Anderson .Paak, The Internet, Jay Electronica and more. There is no word yet on a release date.