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.
Common operates at full power. He rarely sounds as if he's merely filling space with his words, rhyming with purpose about spiritual and physical sustenance, reflecting upon his upbringing, lamenting recent tragedies, and fantasizing about a peaceful future in which the world is run by women.
Black America Again isn't an album meant for casual listening, but rather a socio-politically charged album meant to be absorbed so that everyone can truly recognize the "Bigger Picture Called Freedom."
Whilst certainly not flawless, Black America Again sees Common deliver some of his most vital work and reaffirms his place in the discussion of greatest conscious rappers of all time.
Storied Chicago rapper re-invokes the power of protest to mirror troubled times.
Black America Again is a strong, well-orchestrated and focused album that speaks on the issues at hand while giving listeners solid rap music that will hopefully empower and inspire.
The rapper knows his duty to educate and inspire the public, and Black America Again his best album since 2005’s seminal Be.
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