Common-Open Letter Remix

Within days, about 100 rappers have tried their hand at the buzzing Jay-Z single, but none with the profile or consistency of Common.

He contributes a verse to the popular track, and it’s a nice blend of modern-day and conscious Common. In one verse, he addresses several recent goings on, from his issue with Fox News to the spate of gun crime in Chicago, whilst also throwing in some nice historical reflections. It’s only a short verse, but certainly throws in more depth and meaning than the entire original manages, though of course Jay’s wordplay is what’s primarily on show there. Worth a listen for sure.

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