Common has been understood to be hip-hop royalty; like compatriot Black Thought, a revered lyricist among all camps. Intelligent, introspective, and capable of going toe to toe with John Wick. It's not surprising that his career has lasted well over two decades. Nowadays the rapper seems content to run things on the Hollywood side, but the man must continue to fulfill his destiny. Today, Common has teamed up with his August Greene group-mates Karriem Riggins & Robert Glasper to deliver the smooth cut "Black Kennedy."
With a title suggesting themes of black empowerment and racial identity, Common keeps the politics subtle as he weaves a poetic tapestry. His unique lyrical style is dense yet never hurried; while you might not be able to picture him "going in" per se, his verses still manage to pack a punch. Watch him take to the dulcet pianos with a powerful message like the glory days.
One code of honor is to move with no drama
Know thyself, know getting money, know karma
Hold respect like the charm that I got from my mama