Mr. Rogers once happily expressed, “It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood.” It’s a different story for residents of Chicago’s most impoverished and violent-plagued areas.
Common and Lil Herb lyrically and poetically guide listeners on a tour through “The Neighborhood” in their though-provoking collaborative single. No I.D. lent his production talents to this harrowing single featuring C------ 80s.
This single includes a sample from Curtis Mayfield’s song “The Other Side of Town.”
Common witnessed the onslaught of the crack epidemic and shed light on the atrocities it caused, rapping, “The era of Reagan, the terror of Bush/Crack babies, mama’s a push, we were the products of Bush.”
Herb is a child of Chicago’s current Hellfire. Herb knows all too well the violence plaguing his hometown and speaks from his experience on the street’s front lines, rapping, “Can’t nobody stop the violence, why my city keep lyin/N*ggas throw up peace signs but everybody keep dying.”
This single will appear on Common’s album “Nobody’s Smiling,” which is slated to drop July 22.
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