Common has joined forces with Black Thought and Seun Kuti on the new single ‘When We Move’. The track, which he debuted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with help from The Roots, follows last month’s PJ collaboration ‘Imagine’. Check it out below.
Common’s new album, the follow-up to last year’s A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1, will be out on September 10. “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 was created with hope and inspiration in mind,” he explained in a statement. “The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like. We were in the midst of some tough political and socially challenging times. There was still hurt, anger and pain lingering, so I was thinking, ‘what is the next step in this revolution?’’ He continued:
I thought about what being still in these times had brought me and that was a peace beyond understanding, a greater love for self, a closer connection with God, and more appreciation for my family, friends and the simple things in life. I wanted to write about that and create music that embodied that. What does a new day, a brighter day feel like being told through an emcee and some gifted musicians? How could this music be an example of the beautiful aspects of revolution that include joy, self-love, compassion, dreams, peace and good times? As a piece of art, I believe we took it to different places musically only to come back to the original intention. To bring joy to people’s hearts, fun to their lives and smiles to their souls.