Common, who recently dropped his 11th studio album Black America Again, recruited Gucci Mane, Pusha T and BJ The Chicago Kid to collaborate on the remix to the title track.
Having Gucci, and Pusha, two artists who isn’t to familiar with voicing their social and political views over tracks, on this song is proof that more than just conscious rappers are out ragged about the treatment of colored people in this country. Gucci, who is a well known trap rapper, opens the track expressing how he feels about the current issues Blacks face in America. The second half of Gucci’s verse is where he vents on his frustrations of the country’s situation.
He raps, “N***a with an attitude, a hundred miles and running. I done did some things so dirty that I wish I never done it. All eyes on me, America’s most wanted. It’s so hard to be a Black man in a white man country. Product of the slums with rich white folks’ money. And the police got no love for me, but I’m not scared of nothing. Mass incarcerate us, man and then they call it (justice) (Gucci how you feel?) I’m so tired of the f**k s**t (Wop).”
Bj The Chicago comes in and gives us just by singing a heartfelt hook. Common then comes in on the second verse dropping gems as he usually does and lastly Pusha T delivers one of his most educated verses ever. Pusha, who commonly describes himself as a drug peddler, admits that he aided the corruption the Black community with his dope selling lyrical content, but he admits he’s trying to change that.
I confess, I’ve been part of the problem. As of lately, I’m trying to solve ’em
I sold dope and I still talk the jargon. Just like Malcolm ‘fore the X was on him
All these years later, we still the target. Look at Ferguson, Brooklyn and Charlotte
Selling CDs, reaching for wallets. Trayvon’d be in his last year of college
I still mourn for Christopher Wallace. What happened in Dallas does not give me solace
So I acknowledge my flaws, apolige. Hey young world, just giving you the knowledge
Common’s approach to recruit Gucci and Pusha is an excellent way to bridge the gap between gangster rap and conscious rap for a bigger purpose. Confessing that there is a real problem in this country among Blacks and having major entertainers come together to openly voice their concerns is a start to finding a solution. Listen to Common’s socially approached record, “Black America Again” ft. Gucci Mane, Pusha T and B.J The Chicago Kid.
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