Common has finally given fans a taste of what to expect from his forthcoming eleventh album.
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s "Sway in the Morning" Tuesday, the Chicago rapper recited a verse from a song expected to appear on the untitled release called, “Black America Again.” The thought-provoking freestyle by the actor-poet addressed various social and political topics which affect black America, including the death of Trayvon Martin, mass incarceration and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Here we go. Here, here we go, again. Trayvon will never get to be an older man. Black children, their childhood stole from them. Robbed of our names and our language, stole again,” he rapped from a portion of his verse before later adding. "Now we’re slaves to the blocks, cause on them we spray shots. Leavin’ our own to lay in a box. Black mother's stomach stay in a knot. We kill each other more than the cops, I wish the hatin' would stop. We are at war in a battle with us. I know that Black Lives Matter, do they matter to us? These are the things we gotta discuss. The new plantation, mass incarceration. Instead of educate they rather convict the kids.”
Prior to his satellite radio appearance, the Oscar winner dished on recording his new album during an April episode of “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”
“I’m working on a new project, a new music project with this great, talented producer named Karriem Riggins,” he said. “I just feel good about the music. And Robert Glasper, who’s a great musician, pianist. I’m working with them. I’m just excited about it.”
Check out more of Common’s thought-provoking freestyle in the clip above.