Earlier this month, Common was joined by Robert Glasper and Bilal at The White House's South By South Lawn event, to premier three new songs from his forthcoming Black America Again album. Today, he dropped off the studio version of one of those tracks, "Letter to the Free."
"Letter" is straight ahead protest music, a meditation on race in America that opens with a nod to "Strange Fruit" and ties in current events in no uncertain terms. Over minor piano chords, Com touches on the prison system, police violence, Trump, and of course, some contemporary protest efforts. No consolation prize for the dehumanized, he raps, for America to rise it's a matter of black lives. Black America Again drops November 4.