Published Feb 15, 2018Last month, hip-hop vet Common, keyboard whiz Robert Glasper and master beathsmith Karriem Riggins announced plans to come together as August Greene. Following up their debut single "Optimistic," the freshly formed trio have shared another new track.
Titled "Black Kennedy," the laid-back cut can be heard in the player below.
As Riggins said in a statement, "The process of creating this song gave me chills... It is a theme that represents royalty and brilliance. It also has J Dilla's influences, and it reminded us of the great times spent with him creating music."
Common added, "For many people the Kennedy family symbolizes royalty and represents power, style, and influence. And I thought if I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna do it in a black way."
"'Black Kennedy' is a song close to my heart," Glasper continued. "It is a song of motivation, inspiration, perseverance and black excellence."
August Greene's self-titled debut album will arrive March 9 through Amazon Music.
Common last delivered Black America Again in 2016, which featured both Riggins and Glasper. Riggins released his Headnod Suite last year, while Glasper reimagined the work of Miles Davis for Everything's Beautiful in 2016.