“Here we go again / Trayvon will never get to be an older man / Black children, their childhood stole from them / Robbed of our names and our language, stole again.” So begins the piano-driven “Black America Again,” Common’s eloquently articulated soliloquy on America’s enduring plague of institutionalized racism, which as the slew of recent tragic events have corroborated, appears to be intensifying in the most sinister of ways.
Co-produced by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, the Chicago-bred emcee’s new single is the latest offering from his forthcoming eleventh studio album of the same name and features Stevie Wonder on the keys and supporting vocals, with his repeated refrain of “We are rewriting the American Black story” in the song’s closing moments. Esperanza Spalding on bass, ad-libs by Chuck D and MC Lyte, scratches by J Rock and strings by Patrick Warren can also be heard throughout.
Watch the powerful video for “Black America Again” below, which begins with the infamous footage of Alton Sterling’s death at the trigger-happy hands of Baton Rouge, LA police. And be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for Common’s new album, which includes guest contributions from The Internet, Jay Electronica, John Legend, and Anderson .Paak.