Common continues his fight against social issues with the rap video for “Letter to the Free.” In the black-and-white clip, directed and shot by Bradford Young, the Chi-town rap veteran is seen rapping alongside musicians as a black box floats across the screen. R&B singers Andra Day and Bilal make cameo appearances in the clip.
“We dealt with the whole subject matter from slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration which is what we’re dealing with right now,” Common told Billboard. “We wanted to make something that was strong, unapologetic, but that was also hopeful.”
“Letter to the Free” was created by Common, Karriem Riggins, and Robert Glasper, and brings attention to slavery and mass incarceration.