Common Releases The Artwork & Tracklist For His Black America Again Album
Common has taken one of the defining singles of his career and extended it to an album title. Black America Again is the name of Comm’s 11th album.
To be released in less than one month (November 4), the 15-track Artium/Def Jam Records effort includes appearances by Stevie Wonder on the title track, as well as The Internet’s Syd The Kid, BJ The Chicago Kid, and longtime collaborator Bilal. To date, Common released the two singles, linked below. He also previewed “The Day The Women Took Over” during an NPR “Tiny Desk” concert this month.
Common has also released his new single, “Letter To The Free,” the final track on the album. The song also appears on the soundtrack for the Ava Duvernay directed documentary 13th, which examines the modern day prison system and likens it to slavery.
1. Joy And Peace f. Bilal
2. Home f. Bilal
3. Word From Moe Luv Interlude
4. Black America Again f. Stevie Wonder
5. Love Star f. PJ
6. On A Whim Interlude
7. Red Wine f. Elena
9. A Moment In The Sun Interlude
10. Unfamiliar f. PJ
11. A Bigger Picture Called Free f. Syd
12. The Day Women Took Over f. BJ The Chicago Kid
13. Rain f. John Legend
14. Little Chicago Boy f. Tasha Cobbs
15. Letter To The Free f. Bilal
In 2014, Comm’ Sense released Nobody’s Smiling on No I.D.’s Artium imprint subsidiary of Def Jam Records. That LP, a thematic response to Chicago’s epidemic of youth violence garnered a #6 debut.
Earlier this month, Common told Complex that John Legend, Marsha Ambrosious and JayLib’s J. Rocc would also be guests on the album. It is unclear at this time if those parties are still involved through bonus tracks, or uncredited features. At the time, he said the title of the album was Lil Black Boy andit was a tribute to his father, a longtime guest on Common albums, who passed away during its recording.
Earlier this month, Common made an unannounced appearance at the first annual Roots Picnic: New York City Edition. There, he performed “Black America Again” as well as past hits from his 24-year catalog. The MC is also starring in a new RZA-directed film.