Common has taken part in the first ever White House tiny desk concert, teaming up with NPR to perform in the White House’s library.
The long-running music series typically takes place behind the desk of NPR Music’s own Bob Boilen. During the introduction for the White House performance, Boilen described Common as “pushing culture forward”.
During his 20-minute set, Common included classic track ‘I Used to Love H.E.R.’ and also debuted three tracks from ‘Black America Again’ – his upcoming 11th studio album.
His six-piece backing band boasted Grammy-winning jazz musicians Robert Glasper and Derrick Hodge, and on two of the four songs, Common was also joined by veteran R&B singer Bilal.
Boilen said that Common’s performance was a “convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart”. He continued, “Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father.”
‘Black America Again’ is set to be released on November 4.