Common speaks on black America in a new interview with The Breakfast Club.
Common stopped by The Breakfast Club this morning to talk about his forthcoming album Black America Again, which he described as a “call to action.”
“I called it ‘Black America Again’ because all the injustices, the inequality, the marginalizing black people,” he explained. “We’ve been seeing that over and over again since we’ve been in this country. That’s how America treated us. But I’m also saying ‘again’ because we’re writing a new story. And it’s up to us as black people, and all people, to support that story which is like showing who we are as black people and showing the joy, the love, the creativity, which we always do. But it’s just time for us to highlight that and put that out there.”
“The new story is about God first, activating that light within us,” he continued, “letting us know that that light is in us, each and every one us got it. And then also looking at each other with love, like man, no matter where we coming from, we got to love each other. And it’s about what we express as artists and as people. We as black people, we do jazz, we do blues, we do soul, we do hip hop, we do rock. We architects. We’re talented visual artists and directors. So for me, it’s about the black expression, too.”
He said that he wants black Americans to “activate that black privilege and that black magnificence. We blessed to be black. And that go for my brown people to. People color, we got to celebrate who we are.”
Common also discussed how Kendrick Lamar, Solange, and Chance the Rapper have influenced culture for the better, his illustrious career, and a humorous story involving his trip to see Obama at the White House with Rick Ross.
“Dead Presidents II” has inspired many freestyles, and though it’s now over 20 years old, rappers are still putting their own spins on the instrumental. Jay Z famously bragged about the song, “You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song,” referring to the Nas sample on the hook, and now Problem has stepped in to add his own voice to the instrumental — despite the high bar, his remix is definitely hot. BEing a West Coast rapper, it’s certainly a different feel than the original, but Chachi more than holds his own, and definitely channels some East Coast flavor in the process. Prob has never had a problem with bars, and if it takes a classic boom bap instrumental for some rap fans to see that, then so be it.
Trinidad James’s “Hipster Stripclub” video is somehow more absurd than the concept itself.
We didn’t know what a hipster stripclub was before Trinidad James dropped his video for the “10 PC Mild” highlight, and honestly, we’re still not sure. The song originally dropped on the mixtape way back in 2013, and made for one the memorable moments on the project by pairing Imogen Heap like vocoders with trap drums. For some reason, he decided to drop the video today, and it’s probably his weirdest one yet.
Trinidad is brought to an old bearded man’s house, where he awkwardly watches the man have sex with his “exotic dancer” wife. Obviously things get pretty explicit, but and eventually the stripper pole gets some use. You can listen to the 2013 tape the track came from here.
Quavo and Desiigner assist Meek Mill in the video for “DC4” highlight “The Difference.”
Meek Mill finally dropped hi slong-awaited DC4 project last Friday, and it’s full the uncompromising street rap we’ve come to expect from Meek, as well as an impressive list features. Migos frontman Quavo guests on the uber-hard “The Difference,” which also features some ad-libs from the unmistakable Dessigner, who’s characteristically excitable in the clip, providing inspired dabs and throughout.
The sales projections for Meek Mill’s newest digital release have just come in today. Take a look at the numbers Meek is set to do here. Look for our review the project to arrive later this week. What do you think it so far?