AOTY 2018

Black America Again

Common - Black America Again
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #84 / 758
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2016 Ratings: #260
November 4, 2016 / Release Date
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Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Entertainment Weekly

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 Line of Best Fit

The rapper knows his duty to educate and inspire the public, and Black America Again his best album since 2005’s seminal Be.


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.

The Needle Drop
The new Common album looked as if it would be a fresh perspective on the race relations in America, but it barely scratches the surface of the divides that have made so much press over the past few years.
We need this type of music right now. After the election last night, I woke up with so much hurt of seeing where our country is going. This album got me through the day and reminded me who I am and that I am not going to let all the hatred, violence and racism in this country get the best of me. We need to be strong now more than ever.
Gosto bastante do flow e líricidade do Common, seus versos sempre soam bem e encaixados, o que é sempre bom de ouvir se tratando de hip hop. Neste disco, a produção viaja entre o R&B clássico, o R&b moderno e alguns toques eletrônicos típicos do hip hop mais atual, ainda que sempre dialogando com a black music. E soa bem, é um disco com muita energia, muito conteúdo, muita vida. Samples precisos de Stevie Wonder e Old' Dirty ... read more
Top Favorite: Love Star
Other Favorites: Red Wine, Black America Again, Unfamiliar
Least Favorite: A Bigger Picture Called Free
Timely, yet not timeless.

Notable Songs: "Black American Again (feat. Stevie Wonder); "Pyramids"; "Unfamiliar (feat. PJ)"
Love Star - the pearl of the album.

The best Common album since "Be"
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Track List

  1. Joy and Peace (feat. Bilal)
  2. Home (feat. Bilal)
  3. Word From Moe Luv Interlude
  4. Black America Again (feat. Stevie Wonder)
  5. Love Star (feat. Marsha Ambrosius & PJ)
  6. On a Whim Interlude
  7. Red Wine (feat. Syd & Elena)
  8. Pyramids
  9. A Moment In the Sun Interlude
  10. Unfamiliar (feat. PJ)
  11. A Bigger Picture Called Free (feat. Syd & Bilal)
  12. The Day Women Took Over (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
  13. Rain (feat. John Legend)
  14. Little Chicago Boy (feat. Tasha Cobbs)
  15. Letter To the Free (feat. Bilal)
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Added on: October 14, 2016