The visual features various black Americans being raw and vulnerable, openly crying over the oppression they’ve faced at the hands of a police force that’s been sworn to protect and serve but seems instead to destroy and frighten. The nearly three-minute video opens with the disturbing scene of Alton Sterling being shot by police. Just before he’s shot, the clip cuts to the inside of the car of the witness filming, as the loud pop can be heard, followed by the witnesses mournful wails upon seeing Sterling fired on by police.
Common is the latest of several rappers who have made songs and released poignant videos depicting police terrorism. T.I. recently released the emotionally charged “War Zone,” in which the roles where reversed, and white people were the ones being brutally gunned down by police violence. Big K.R.I.T. and Kirk Whalum also teamed up to drop, “Might Not Be O.K.,” an incredibly potent song where K.R.I.T. raps with feverish intensity about the lives lost to police violence and the hopeless, angry cycle that continues to plague America.
On “Black America Again,” Common raps, “Trayvon will never get to be an older man / Black children, their childhood stole from them.”
The song is from Common’s forthcoming album Black America Again, which Anderson .Paak, The Internet, John Legend and Jay Electronica among others. Watch the video above.