In a recent interview with Sway about his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, Common spoke frankly about the problems plaguing Chicago. Although he clearly loves the city, he knows the gun violence is overwhelming, where neighborhoods feel like “war zones.”
At the beginning of the clip, Sway wants to know what Common thinks about how the issue is portrayed in the media. The rapper knows that the media has its “agenda, which is to get viewership.” Because the stories they’re promoting are popular, those in charge agree, “This is the perspective (they) want to deliver.”
Common argues that this does nothing to solve the problem at hand. The media doesn’t offer “a level of understanding or even…a peek into the people’s lives.” Instead, the media needs to ask questions like, “Why is the situation like this? How did we get to this point? What are we going to do to help?”
Sway also shows the rapper a clip of an interview he did with President Barack Obama in which they discuss gun violence in Chicago.
Although he puts the idea of going into politics to rest, Common is adamant that his works is far from over when it comes to making the world a better, safer place. Soon, he’s going to produce a show with Anthony Mackie, Nas, and others who will offer commentary about what is going on in their cities, which makes sense since gun violence isn’t unique to Chicago.
Want to help Common bring an end to gun violence? Check out his Common Ground Foundation to see how you can support our country’s youth.
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