Common has returned with his 13th studio album, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2.
The follow up to 2019’s Let Love, the 11-track LP features guest appearances from Black Thought, PJ, Jessica Care Moore, Seun Kuti, Marcus King, Isaiah Shakey, Brittany Howard, and Morgan Parker. The release arrives just a day after Common stopped by Power 106’s L.A. Leakers to spit an 8-minute freestyle over Group Home’s “Livin’ Proof” and Raekwon’s “Incarcerated Scarfaces.”
“A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 was created with hope and inspiration in mind,” the Chicago rapper said 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?” 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,” Common continued. “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.”
Stream A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 now on all major platforms.