Common – “Red Wine” (Feat. Syd & Elena)

Astute Chicago hip-hop veteran Common is set to release his 11th studio album Black America Again in less than two weeks. We’ve already heard the title track featuring Stevie Wonder plus the Bilal-assisted pair “Home” and “Joy And Peace.”

Today we get the aptly named “Red Wine,” a smooth, relaxing joint featuring Syd Tha Kid of The Internet and Elena. Syd’s gentle, gauzy vocals are the mood-setting prelude to an energetic Common verse full of pro-black multis, inventive similes and metaphors, and taking a break from the mission to enjoy a low-key night filled with romance. It’s like a glass of merlot at perfect temperature after a hard day’s work. Black America Again is shaping up to be another of the great releases this year that balance artistry and activism. Check out “Red Wine” below.

Black America Again is out 11/4 via Artium/Def Jam. Pre-order it here.