Common (born Lonnie Lynn) premiered the visual for the single, “Black America Again” with assistance from singer Stevie Wonder.
The Chicago rapper’s video illustrates police brutality and even begins with the the death of Baton Rogue native, Alton Sterling and after features African Americans nude filled with emotions.
“Black America Again” is the title track of Common’s album titled, “Black America Again”. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper Featuring Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding on bass,
Scratches by J Rock, Strings by Patrick Warren and ad libs Chuck D and MC Lyte. On the track, he rhymes:
Here we go, here, here we go again
Trayvon’ll never get to be an older man
Black children, they childhood stole from them
Robbed of our names and our language, stole again
Who stole the soul from black folk?
Same man that stole the lamb from cheap black smoke
And made the whip crackle on our back slow
And made us go through the back door
And rap for black bodies on the slave blocks
Now we slave to the blocks, on ’em we spray shots
Leaving our own to lay in a box
Black mother’s stomachs stay in a knot
We kill each other, it’s part of the plot
I wish the hating will stop (war)
And the battle with us
I know that black lives matter and they matter to us
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