Common's "Black America Again" single with Stevie Wonder was already powerful on its own, but the rapper enlisted Pusha T and Gucci Mane to make the just-released remix even stronger. The two artists share their honest experiences about the struggles of living as a Black man in this country, which comes after the shocking presidential election results.
Gucci opens the song with a personal retelling: "The government, the church, the world is so polluted / They calling me a criminal and I'm a revolution / Woke up in a prison cell and I had a revelation / That my life's a testimony, I can be an inspiration." Pusha comes toward the end, matching the track's beautiful piano notes with a higher-than-usual vocal tone. He name-drops Ferguson, Malcolm X, Trayvon Martin and Notorious B.I.G.
Black America Again, Common's 11th studio album, was released on Nov. 4. Along with Stevie Wonder, it also features The Internet's Syd, Bilal, Marsha Ambrosius, BJ the Chicago Kid, John Legend and more. Last week, the rapper released a 20-minute short film to accompany the LP. It is directed by Selma's lead cinematographer Bradford Young and executive produced by Ava Duvernay (Selma, 13th). Watch it below:
Next up, watch Fuse do a little Sole Searching with Pusha T: