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Listen: Common’s new song “Made In Black America” featuring Ab-Soul

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    As previously reportedCommon has reconvened with esteemed producer No I.D. for No Smiling, a concept album inspired by violence in Chicago. Already we’ve heard the righteous protest song “War”, and tonight, Common debuts the album’s latest single, “Made In Black America” featuring Ab-Soul.

    Though No I.D. keeps the production steeped in the past with a medley of ’70s funk samples, Common comes across as angry and visceral as he’s ever been, assuring critics that he’s never lost sight of his socially conscious goals (“I’m more than a hot song, or a hot album/Ask my ex, I still live on like Malcolm”). In Ab-Soul, Common finds a perfect partner to engage in lyrical fisticuffs, as the Black Hippy member displays depth and rawness amid rhymes that reference pepperoni pizza and The Matrix’s Morpehus.

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