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Music Review: Common-Black America Again

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This album is basically a lesson in wokeness. Common, one of the original dirty backpacker crew post his relationship with Erykah Badu, has always been a conscious rapper.  So in these #BlackLivesMatter days, who shouldn’t be surprised that he would release such a timely album.

He manages to not get too preachy, while still maintaining an air of being at a civil rights rally.

Far from a club banger, this album isn’t lost for great sonic choices and pretty bomb production.  There’s jazz, bass, and drums woven through out.  So while you wouldn’t necessarily want to dance to it.  The melodies make the heavy lyrical content more palatable.

My favorite has to be the title track, “Black America Again.”  Between Common’s spoken word flow and the use of Stevie Wonder’s voice chopped and screwed, it’s borderline brilliant.

The album kind of loses steam towards the end.  But that’s expected on any album that’s over 10 tracks.

I enjoyed it and recommend it, but don’t have any desire to listen to it again.  I’m giving “Black America Again” a solid 4.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.