Common Enlists Stevie Wonder for “Black America Again”

Common has been one of the many trailblazing celebrities to put action behind his passionate repugnance towards the state of America’s pervasive racism and discrimination against Black people. Today, he brought us another powerful performance piece with the legendary Stevie Wonder lending his inimitable voice for the song’s triumphant closing chant. “Black America Again” dropped with a visual flashing the somberly anguished faces of Black men and women between historic footage clips.

This title track for the Chicago emcee’s forthcoming album was produced by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins with Stevie Wonder on keys. Additional features on the two-and-a-half minute song include ad libs from Chuck D and MC Lyte, Esperanza Spalding on bass, strings from Patrick Warren and “scratches” by J Rock. In addition to police violence, Common’s arresting lyrical prose touches on the Black Lives Matter movement, the water crisis in Flint, pay inequality and mass incarceration.

*In consideration of everyone battling emotional trauma, we want to warn our readers that the “Black America Again” visual opens with footage from Alton Sterling’s murder which may trigger certain sensitivities to violence.

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