The track also features ad libs from MC Lyte and scratching from J Rock.
Common has released a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Chuck D and more called ‘Black America Again’, following a week of uproar in America over the deaths of unarmed black men Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher by police.
Many artists, including Gucci Mane, Frisco, El-P, and those outside of the hip-hop community, have expressed their frustration about the killings online, with some channeling their anger into song.
Common has released a new video invoking the power of protest. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper, the video opens with footage of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling and features Stevie Wonder on keys, along with Esperanza Spalding on bass. There are also ad libs from Chuck D and MC Lyte, scratching from J Rock and strings from Patrick Warren.
Weaving in archival footage, it’s a powerful meditation on institutionalised racism, referencing Trayvon Martin, education, wage inequality and the failures of the prison system.
‘Black America Again’ is the title track from Common’s forthcoming album, which features guest appearances from John Legend, Jay Electronica, The Internet, and Anderson .Paak. A release date for the album has yet to be announced.