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(Nov. 4, 2016 – New York, NY)  Multiple Grammy®, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning Chicago rapper, actor, social activist, and philanthropist Common releases his 11th studio album today, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings.

Critics are raving about BLACK AMERICA AGAIN reviews today, calling it “Momentous,” “Dazzling,” Crucial,” “Required Listening,” and “A Vital Contribution To The Nation Conversation.”

Coincid­ing with the new album release today, VEVO has premiered a powerful long-form video for the project, produced by Ava DuVernay and directed by Bradford Young, acclaimed director and cinematographer respectively of the award-winning film Selma. Watch it above!

In turn, Common’s anthem “Letter To The Free” featuring Bilal (another track on BLACK AMERICA AGAIN), serves as the end-title track of DuVernay’s powerful new docu­mentary ‘13th.’  Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, ‘13th’ is named for the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which theoretically outlawed slavery.  DuVernay makes the point that slavery, in spite of the Constitutional amendment, is being perpetuated through mass incarceration.  “Letter To The Free” has already been nominated for a 2016 Critics’ Choice Documentary Award for Best Song in a Documentary.

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Common Featuring  Bilal

“Letter t The Free”

ARTium/Def Jam Recordings

13th (Trailer)
Themes of race and justice run deep throughout BLACK AMERICA AGAIN and its title track single.  “I wrote this song in March,” Common said of “Black America Again” recently, “and unfortunately it was as relevant then as it is now.  As it could have been in the 1960s or 1800s or any era that we have existed in this country. ‘Black America Again’ is centered in the injustices that black people have experienced and endured since we arrived on the shores of America.  ‘Black America Again’ is a call to action.  It is a song about black love, black strength, black justice, black resistance, black resilience, black empowerment, and black people.”
“Black America Again”’s socially conscious message resonates with scorching yet uplifting power, akin to Common’s groundbreaking 2014 single from the Selma movie sound­track, “Glory” (with John Legend) for which they received Oscar, Grammy®, Golden Globe, and numerous other awards.

Common And John Legend 


From Selma Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Pathe Productions/Harpo Films/Paramount Pictures/Artium/Def Jam Recordings

In the run-up to today’s release of BLACK AMERICA AGAINCommon appeared earlier this week on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers; view the visit HERE.  Last week, Common performed “Black America Again” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid with the Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  View that live performance below.  Earlier that same week, Common hosted a special event at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the first in a series of college events in which Common talks with students about the important issues he grapples with on BLACK AMERICA AGAIN.

Common f/ BJ the Chicago Kid Live With The Roots

“Black America Again”

From: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 


“A return to form…momentous…Common’s dissonant, politically-charged new album Black America Again finds him angry and off-balance — which feels like it’s exactly where he should be.”


Black America Again is a timely statement exploring the ills of police brutality, mass incarceration, and institutionalized racism, delivered with laser-sharp focus by one of hip-hop’s foremost poets…it’s the MC’s empathetic and clear-eyed rhymes that truly make this a vital contribution to the national conversation. “We write our own story, black America again,” Common raps on the title track. Once more, he’s a crucial voice in that narrative.”

– Entertainment Weekly

“The timing of Common’s latest album couldn’t be more pertinent…underscored by a dazzling array of jazz-infused beats and soul samples…Common’s heartfelt delivery and poetic lyrics are consistent throughout, making Black America Again a vital hip-hop record that’s required listening this election month.”

– USA Today
BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, the 11th studio album from Common, is the long-awaited follow-up to Nobody’s Smiling (2014) , which entered the Soundscan Rap and R&B charts at #1, Common’s debut on No ID’s ARTium/Def Jam Recordings venture.