Common Drops Powerful ‘Black America Again’ Album [STREAM]
Common is back with his 11th studio album, the visceral, Black America Again.
Since the veteran rapper announced the album's arrival, he's been releasing music leading up to the release, including "Letter to the Free" and the smooth "Red Wine" featuring Syd from The Internet and singer/flutist Elena.
On "Pyramids," which Common released earlier in the week, the Chicago emcee touches on the globalization of hip-hop and its worldwide influence, featuring a sample of Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the hook.
“A n—- told me he only rhyme for 19-year-olds/N—-, you should rhyme wherever the spirit goes/Here it goes, lyrical miracles/These are pyramids from the imperial,” he spits on the first verse. “Aerial nights blew my mind out of stereotypes/For ethereal heights, I write like Pritchard/Invisible man, pictured below with the hieroglyphicable,” he continues.
Previously released singles including “Black America Again” (featuring Stevie Wonder) and “Love Star” (featuring Marsha Ambrosius and PJ) are also on the album, which is produced by his longtime friend, Karriem Riggins. The 15-song project also boasts guest appearances from BJ the Chicago Kid, Tasha Cobbs and John Legend.
In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, Common said that he hopes his accomplishments on Earth extend beyond musical accolades—a notion that is present in his newest, relevant release, an album that only further establishes him as one of hip-hop's most important, consistent voices of all-time.
"What do I want to accomplish before I leave this Earth?" he asked. "I want my life to be fulfilled in a way where people will say, 'This dude inspired people. He was a good father. He just was a nice person.'"
You can stream Black America Again below.