Episode 199: Common

“A Riot In My Mind”


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Common is a Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper, actor, and activist from Chicago. He’s been making records since 1992, and in October, he released his thirteenth album, A Beautiful Revolution. In this episode, he breaks down how he made the song “A Riot In My Mind,” along with a handful of collaborators, including Lenny Kravitz and a cameo from Chuck D.

You can buy or stream “A Riot In My Mind” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

For a transcript of this episode, click here.

PJ – singer & cowriter
Bookmarks – Netflix show
Isaiah Sharkey – guitarist
Boom Bishop – bassist
Karreim Riggins – drummer
Robert Glasper – cowriter
Muhammad Ali
DJ Dummy