“All praises to the all eye seeing &…supreme being…giver of joy & peace love, supreme freedom…see em in the son…see em in the daughters…the mountains, the waters…all divine order….(Joy And Peace).”
Common has released his highly anticipated album, Black America Again. It’s everything that you have ever loved about Common.
Having heard some of the tracks that Common was coming with, from the title track to Love Star, I already had high expectations for this album. He did not disappoint. I knew it would be a wonderful thing for the Black community. Common has been doing it for decades & still finds a way to be fresh away from just repeating his initial success. Yes he is an Oscar award winning rapper, but most importantly he is a Black man in America & like so many Black men in America, all he wants is better. This album is about freedom, but it is also about love, not that love & freedom are so far removed from one another. In the album he discusses with passion exactly what it is we seek as Black Americans & gives some anthems for those of us with boots on the ground willing to push for our rights. It’s autobiographical, but also speaks to the grander story of life in Black America. Common has always been the pinnacle of conscious rap & this record is no different. It doesn’t go over the people’s heads, but right to our hearts & minds. He reps strong for the South Side of Chicago & shows he will never be too far removed from our streets. At the same time he gives some good ol’ Hip Hop love songs to create the mood & energy to let Black love flourish. Upon first listen my initial thought was that this album is one of his best. It’s definitely up there with Be & Like Water For Chocolate. With help from Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Bilal, BJ The Chicago Kid, Marsha Ambrosius, Syd of The Internet, Tasha Cobbs & PJ, Common has put together a very rich & timely album.