Common delivers the powerful visuals for “Letter to the Free.”
The black and white video, shot by Bradford Young shows Common rapping the lyrics to “Letter to the Free” in a prison. Throughout the video, Common can be seen rapping along side musicians in different parts of the penitentiary . A symbolic, 3D, black square, floats throughout the clips.
Common created “Letter to the Free” with Karriem Riggins as well as Robert Glasper which discusses slavery and mass incarceration. Considering the political environment at this very point in time, Common couldn’t have picked a better time to release this important video. Take a look below and be sure to catch cameos from Audra Day and Bilal. “Letter to the Free” not only appears on Common’s latest album, Black America Again but as well as well as in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th.