Last year, Common blessed the world with his latest project A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1) — a body of work that was sorely needed in the days leading up to the U.S. presidential election. This week, he returns to that release and liberates a new visual for “What Do You Say (Move It Baby),” which features PJ and sees the collaborators speaking to love and the power of our ancestors:
“Let free be between us, you my Medina, a queen like Amina or Fatima, redeemer of passion, we both had compassion, for the Black diaspora and all its vastness, you in my plans, thinkin’ of a master, the essence of your dance, the truth in your laughter, that I wanna capture and cultivate stature, I’ll be here for you ‘til the hereafter/”
Directed by Yavex Anthonio, the accompanying clip begins with a woman waking up on a sunny day before throwing on some roller skates and joining her fellow friends in the park, all of whom take turns showing off dance moves on wheels. The scene eventually makes it way to an actual roller skating rink, where Common and PJ can be seen performing in its center. Nothing but positive energy throughout.
“You will always be one the most important ones in our culture and your spirit will live on forever! You showed us how to pray in Hip Hop and that God loves us no matter what! My God bless your soul!”