So, on the latest episode of [Blank] Can Still Rap His Ass Off!, I’m here to talk about a Chicago legend, Common. After listening to his new album, Black America Again, it’s wild to see there’s literally been no decline in his rhyming ability. At this point, with 11 albums to his name, I think it’s indisputable that Common is Top 5 in terms of most consistent emcees. I mean, his discography speaks for itself, son.
Now, since I’m not a faker, I’ll be real enough to admit my journey with Com’s music began on Resurrection, his second album. While I eventually went back and listened to his debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, it was the title track on Resurrection that let me know Rashid wasn’t an average rapper. I mean, c’mon son, let’s run down the other songs too. “I Used To Love H.E.R.“? “Communism“? “Sum Shit I Wrote“? All classics, man. All of them! From that point forward, I’ve been a fan of damn near every Common album. Yes, even Electric Circus, son. I’m willing to make the argument that that album was actually genius. Frankly, the only album I can’t defend in Com’s discography is Universal Mind Control. Sorry, Com, but that album was tri-di-di-di-dash!
As far as his new album goes, Com sounds wildly inspired again. As the title suggests, he’s speaking about a number of issues that affect the Black community. Now, while he’s no stranger to this lane, his lyrics are really sharp on this record. He’s able to say a ton in a minimal amount of bars, such as “instead of educate, they’d rather convict the kids, as dirty as the water in Flint, the system is.” In one fell swoop, he mentions the corrupt prison industrial complex and the government-induced water crisis in Michigan. As we all have seen, given the current climate in this country, now is the perfect time for these protest records.
In the end, I’m clearly a fan, son. As of right now, my favorite song on the new album is “Pyramids.” His second verse makes me want to slap bunnies in the face, man. Guerilla-type rhymes, bro. In any case, everyone should do themselves a favor and check the record out. Good day.