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Review: A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)

A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1) Common
A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1) Common | LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS SPIRITUALITY, POLITICS, HOPE, AND OUTRAGE all swirl together in Chicago-born rapper Common’s newest work. At the same time that these jazz-inflected hip-hop musings focus on the plague and racial injustice of recent times, A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1) is ultimately a loving prayer for peace, sanity, and beauty. “Our ancestors saw us in the future, in perfect, perfect beams of light—a sacred prophecy of what’s possible,” proclaims poet Jessica Care Moore in the album’s introduction. “When the script is Sanskrit in the palms of our worship, the same hands we go to work with put the real work in: meditation and stillness so your focus is the realest.” At several points throughout A Beautiful Revolution, Common puts biblical imagery in a more modern context. He namechecks Cassius Clay alongside “The Potter” (a name he apparently has given to The Creator) and mixes references to musicians like Bob Marley and Mahalia with allusions to the Book of Revelation. In “Fallin’,” he declares, “We, the tribe of Levi, cut them jeans knee-high. I thi …

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