56 minutes and 15 songs later I felt hopeful again…thanks to Black America Again. You will too after you immerse yourself in Common’s latest work of necessity. Black America Again had the audacity to educate, uplift and confirm the influence of art. This album is a collection of music that is relevant today, yesterday and tomorrow.
The messages are clear through a series of well crafted beats, interludes and lyrical assaults. The title track brings some pain back in order to move the solutions to the forefront of our minds. Systematically Common illuminates a bevy of issues that plague our communities while Stevie Wonder offers his words of wisdom through the eloquence and spirit he will always be revered for.
For those of you that have forgotten about the power of hip hop, this is the album for you. Besides being dope to listen to, it’s crucial to pay attention to, decipher and discuss. You know…like hip hop was also intended to do. The track “Pyramids” embodies all of those elements and then some. If you aren’t nodding your head like a lunatic while listening to this…I suggest you stop listening to hip hop now. It’s not for you!
But if you’re smart enough to proceed, you won’t be disappointed. Common sprinkles some soul throughout these compositions with the help of Bilal, Marsha Ambrosius, Syd & Elena, John Legend, Tasha Cobbs, BJ the Chicago Kid and PJ. Not convinced yet? Well listen to “Unfamiliar”…it may make you want to get familiar with someone real soon.
The messages are clear through a series of well crafted beats, interludes and lyrical assaults
At a moment when many of us need a dose of pick me up and some reassurance. The prescription is “Black America Again”. Carve out some focus time and Ingest all 15 joints. If that doesn’t help, I seriously implore you to contact a medical professional. For you truly have a problem that I can’t help you with.
Here’s a bonus dose just in case there’s still a chance to save you.