Common released the video for his single “Black America Again,” featuring legendary singer Stevie Wonder, on Thursday (Sept. 22). The striking visual opens with footage of Alton Sterling’s death, which took place back in July.
The video’s arrival is timely and appropriate, as the recent killings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott — along with many other deaths — continue to plague black communities. “Black children, they childhood stole from them, robbed of our names and our language, stole again” the Chicago native raps. Holding nothing back, Common continues to vent: “I know that black lives matter and they matter to us, these are the things we gotta discuss. The new plantation, mass incarceration, Instead of educate, they’d rather convict the kids.”
Jazz producers Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper produced the Black Lives Matter homage — which also sees support from jazz singer Esperanza Spalding on bass, and hip-hop royalty Chuck D and MC Lyte checking in to provide ad libs.
Watch Common’s “Black America Again” video below.