Common Gets an Assist from Syd and Elena on Sultry New Single ‘Red Wine’
This go around, he drops the sultry "Red Wine" featuring Syd and Elena. Syd, of course, fronts the band The Internet, while Elena is a vocalist and flutist who was recently featured with Common, Bilal, Robert Glasper when Common rocked at the White House for a special edition of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert.
With a minimalist beat, smoothed out by airy vocals and a soft flute, Common offers a sultry verse that touches on maturing, protecting black and brown skin and basically being a grown ass man.
"Freedom is the road less traveled by the multitude/The mood, it's the mode, it's the culture/Where there's food there's vultures," he raps before spitting about hanging with Oprah.
"On a plane drinking wine with Oprah/When I missed the dap I ain't mean to insult her," he recalls.
Last week, Common shared the compelling track addressing mass incarceration "Letter to the Free" featuring Bilal. Common's 11th studio album, the follow-up to 2014's Nobody's Smiling, will drop on Nov. 4. Take a listen to his latest single, "Red Wine," above. You can pre-order Black America Again on iTunes here.