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  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release for the hip hop artist features guest appearances from Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, BJ the Chicago Kid, Tasha Cobbs, John Legend, PJ, Syd tha Kyd, and Stevie Wonder.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. 91
    It’s the MC’s empathetic and clear-eyed rhymes that truly make this a vital contribution to the national conversation.
  2. The Wire
    Dec 21, 2016
    90
    Building a strong, solid foundation for his skyscraper of words, the rapper channels everyone from Malcolm X to James Brown into a mountainous manifesto of beautiful blackness that is reflective of the struggle for dignity and equality, while also working towards the banishment of stereotypes. [Jan 2017, p.61]
  3. Jan 10, 2017
    90
    In a year of political and social upheaval in 2016 he reached deep down to make a very personal statement from beginning to end on Black America Again and it shows in every word he wrote.
  4. Nov 10, 2016
    80
    The self-professed rapper-actor-activist has delivered a modern-day hip-hop answer to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” tackling everything from romance to the wage gap to the lack of diversity in Hollywood with a political bent.
  5. 80
    There will be plenty of important political rap coming in the near future, but it is unlikely that much of it will match the cohesion and clarity of Common’s vision
  6. Nov 15, 2016
    80
    At the end of the day, Common creates a great album with such a pertinent and topical purpose. If nothing else, it’s a strong snapshot of the happenings in America right now and the promise of what the country could become.
  7. Nov 4, 2016
    79
    Time and again he suggests that freedom itself is an act of improvisation, of imagination, that begins now: “We write our own story.” It’s in the context of these bigger ideas that Com lands some of his biggest gut-punches of all time, while rapping in his simpler, prize fighter mode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Jan 11, 2017
    10
    This is one of Common's best albums to date. Not in your face. It takes a few listens to truly get the gravity of what he's saying but onceThis is one of Common's best albums to date. Not in your face. It takes a few listens to truly get the gravity of what he's saying but once you understand this album is monumental. The beats are equally understated and impressive with each listen. Must have. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2016
    10
    Such a beautiful, eloquent masterpiece. Lyrics and instrumentals work in synthesis with each other to give the listener a raw, yet subtle,Such a beautiful, eloquent masterpiece. Lyrics and instrumentals work in synthesis with each other to give the listener a raw, yet subtle, consciousness to the current state of Black America. Speaks of Common's range and awareness to addressing race, love, identity, aspirations, experiences, and history. An immediate favorite! Thank you again Common! Expand
  3. Nov 14, 2016
    9
    It's a good political album in 2016.Good job Common.Favorite songs:Black America Again,Love Star,Little Chicago Boy,Joy and Peace,Red Wine andIt's a good political album in 2016.Good job Common.Favorite songs:Black America Again,Love Star,Little Chicago Boy,Joy and Peace,Red Wine and The Day Women Took Over. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2016
    9
    I can put this one close to "Be" (2005) and "Like Water For Chocolate" (2000), for real.

    Common is 11 albums deep into a 20+ year career
    I can put this one close to "Be" (2005) and "Like Water For Chocolate" (2000), for real.

    Common is 11 albums deep into a 20+ year career and still making amazing records. Please don't sleep on his discography.
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  5. Nov 9, 2016
    8
    This is an awe inspiring experience...instrumentals and lyrics got together like ice and water...Another classic from the incomparable Common Sense...
  6. Nov 6, 2016
    8
    The love and justice themes of the legend Common's Black America Again overpower the fickle mainstream, pop-culture concessions making forThe love and justice themes of the legend Common's Black America Again overpower the fickle mainstream, pop-culture concessions making for another great album by Common, Karriem Riggins and their guests. Expand
  7. Nov 11, 2016
    4
    Effusively boring and uninspiring. Kitsch conscious. A coca-cola of a hip hop album. Even stoned, I have to force myself to keep listening.Effusively boring and uninspiring. Kitsch conscious. A coca-cola of a hip hop album. Even stoned, I have to force myself to keep listening. I wanted to like it because I respect and love a lot of his earlier work (Be was great when it came out), but meh. Expand

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