GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper, Common, unveils a new single and music video entitled HER Love, featuring Daniel Caesar and special guest, Dwele, including an unreleased beat from J Dilla.
Boasting an unheard beat by longtime collaborator the late and great J Dilla, the soulful production underscores rhymes celebrating the culture from Jam Master Jay, all the way to Lil Uzi Vert, Nipsey Hussle, and Cardi B. It illuminates the genre’s power to him as he claims, “You see a Malcolm X in a YG.” Of hip-hop, Common admits, “You gave me a voice in the world, it’s been hard to choose another girl.”
In his lexicon, HER is short for “(Hip-Hop in its Essence is Real)” and would be first introduced on 1994’s I Used To Love H.E.R. For the event-level track, he unites with prominent forces from different eras of the culture to deliver a timeless dedication to hip-hop with HER Love, buoyed by Dilla, and a soulful hook from Caesar. Delivering a rap State of the Union, his bars detail the evolution of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years, complementing how he first commented on the genre in 1994 and bringing everything full circle.
For the cinematic music video, he tapped the talents of Olympian-turned-director, Savanah Leaf [Gary Clark, Jr], incorporating her thought-provoking perspective. Together, they screened the video at The Annenberg Space for Photography, in conjunction with the acclaimed, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, exhibit currently on display in Los Angeles, inciting thunderous applause. Watch it here.
Additionally, Common reveals the dates for the second leg of his Let Love Tour, kicking off August 7 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and rolling through marquee venues throughout North America, before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, from July 11 to July 26, and Maimouna Youssef, aka Mumu Fresh, from August 7 to August 29.