Common and BJ The Chicago Kid Perform “Black America Again” on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
Rocking a grey hoodie and jeans, Common delivers a powerful performance with help from live instruments. He recruits a pianist, a drummer, and several violinists to serve as the perfect backdrop for his moving verses. BJ The Chicago Kid, wearing a black hoodie and black jeans, comes in for a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder's part on the song. You can watch the performance in full above via YouTube. If you want to listen to the original track and watch the accompanying music video, you can peep that right here.
In case you haven't already, be sure to check out some of Common's other singles off the upcoming album. A week ago, he dropped a song called “Home” featuring Bilal. The 44-year-old South Side, Chi rapper delivers a positive message throughout the three-and-a-half minute record. Backed by a sample-heavy instrumental, Common spits, “Though this is from Heaven give ’em verses from Hell/Those that fell off the path, bring them back to the Mass/The staff can be your microphone/Your name is Common/You was born to fight the norm/Take house niggas outta darkness till they lights is on/I’mma put a hyphen on your name/Rapper-actor-activist/You the one that can reach into the black abyss/Stars this asterix, show em what a classic is.”
The Chicago artist is preparing to drop Black America Again on Nov. 4. The 15-track project will contain guest features from Bilal, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and more.
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