Neither Pusha T nor Gucci Mane are usually associated with the kind of socio-political hip-hop frequented by, say, Common. But Com tapped both MCs to offer their perspectives on racial injustice for a new remix of his single “Black America Again.”
“Gucci Mane and Common, did you see this comin’?” Gucci asks on his opening verse, going on to describe his post-prison life and the limitations of being “a black man in a white man country.” He raps, “The government, the church, and the world is so polluted / They calling me a criminal and I'm a revolution / Woke up in a prison cell and I had a revelation / That my life's a testimony, I can be an inspiration.”
The updated version also features a fresh verse from Common, a hook sung by BJ The Chicago Kid, and an uncharacteristically subdued verse from Pusha. “I confess, I’ve been part of the problem / As of lately, I’m tryin’ to solve ‘em / I sold dope and I still talk the jargon / Just like Malcolm before the X was on him,” he raps, trying to reconcile his past while still claiming his worth as a black man.
Given the country’s current social and political climate, a show of unity in the hip-hop world is definitely a welcome thing. Spin the unlikely trio’s jazzy remix below.
“Black America Again” — originally a collaboration between Common and Stevie Wonder — is the title track from Common’s 11th album, which dropped November 4.