Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper continue pressing forward as August Greene and release a new song titled “Black Kennedy.”
Common has formed the group August Greene alongside Robert Glasper and Kareem Riggins. You may have heard them before on the soundtrack for 13th with the song “Letter to the Free.” Now the trio are back at it with Brandy providing additional vocals on “Optimistic.”
“August Greene actually formed before we chose a name, before we even knew it was a band,” Common said in a statement. “Karriem, Rob and I go back many years. It was something natural. When I started working with them it was like, ‘man, this feels like home,’ and it felt new and fresh. We love working together. The music takes us all to new places and it just feels like, everything I want to be as a musician is within the group of August Greene.”
For his remix of “Black America Again,” Common taps a pair of emcees who couldn’t be more different in Pusha T and Gucci Mane. Along with BJ The Chicago Kid handling the hook, “Black America Again” is black excellence.
The artist formally known as Sense drops this 22 minute video for the title track to his Black America Again album featuring Stevie Wonder.
Common keeps the love and affection intact with “Red Wine” featuring the vocal stylings of Elena & Syd.
Common looks to take us “Home” with Bilal riding shotgun on this joint from his Black America Again album.
Common gets his hands on Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky” and gives it a little Chi-Town injection.
The artist formally known as Sense was joined by Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins and Bilal at Obama’s dwelling for a special edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. You get classics and new joints from his upcoming album during the session. Definitely worth your time.
Common comes correct by addressing the state of Black America alongside Stevie Wonder on “Black America Again.”
Common connects with Essence Magazine to create this documentary about the love for Black women that stems off the lead single “Lovestar” from his 11th studio album.
“When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person,” Common said to Essence.”I thought about when I love a woman and I can enjoy her, but at the same time she can enjoy me and we can have fun and laugh. But then there’s also a real bond that’s there that has spirituality, growth, support and integrity connected in it. We’re willing to make mistakes, but we’re there for each other; that’s true love.
“So the theme, Love Star, came up just because I thought it was a cool nickname to call somebody that you’re close to. I wanted to show that we revere and hold you high, Black woman. We love you and care for you and honor you.”