Renowned rapper, actor, artist, activist and, New York Times best-selling author, Common, has confirmed details for his forthcoming new seven-track album, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1, which drops this Friday, October 30th, via Loma Vista Recordings. The recording includes musicians Robert Glasper (keys), Karriem Riggins (drums), Burniss Travis (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), and PJ (vocals), not to mention guest spots from Black Thought and Lenny Kravitz.
Common comments on the album, noting, that it’s music to “uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial injustices as well as other social injustices.” He continues: “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 is affirmation. It’s recognition. It’s elevation. It’s music to go with a movement. Because the truth is, there is still so much work to do. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we need to make sure things do not return to the status quo. The intention of the music is to channel all of our pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational, and good. It’s to help lead a movement into our next phase of the work to be done.”
Common is set to perform the album’s lead single, joined by Black Thought and PJ, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 4, the night after the U.S. presidential election.
As part of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote initiative, Michelle is currently featuring another track from the forthcoming Common project, “A Place In This World.” Check out the special shoutout from the former First Lady right here.
A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 Track Listing:
3. Say Peace (feat. Black Thought)
4. What Do You Say (Move It Baby)
6. A Place In This World
7. A Riot In My Mind (feat. Lenny Kravitz)
8. Don’t Forget Who You Are