Few Days after releasing his new memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word, Common has announced that he will release an accompanying new album of the same name. On Thursday (May 9), Common held a listening event for his 12th music project at the Soho House in New York City. the rapper told attendees that while writing his book, it sparked ideas for the new LP, which would follow his 2016 effort, Black America Again.
His words: “This album is called Let Love Have the Last Word,” he told attendees. “It’s inspired by the book that I just released. I started this album because my team was like, ‘With the release of the book, maybe you should do some music’ and it kinda really sparked me in a way. This book was something really personal and I was going to places that I never went to in my life. So I was thinking as an artist to be able to do the same thing.” – Said Common.
In response to questions of why he wanted to reveal his story about being molested to the world, The rapper responded on his Twitter account, “I talked about being molested because, as a Black man, many men have hidden that. Many people have hidden that. And you carry that weight with you. But at some point, you’ve got to let it go.”