Common, Robert Glasper, And Karriem Riggins Announce New Group, Song With Brandy

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The track also features a very special appearance from Brandy.

Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins have formed a band. August Greene is the name of the newly formed trio, and they’ve released a new song for the occasion.

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A cover of Sounds of Blackness‘ “Optimistic,” the song includes a vocal feature from Brandy, followed by rapping from Common.

The song will make an appearance on August Greene’s self-titled debut album, which is slated to drop March 9 via Amazon Original.

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Last year Common received his first Emmy Award for co-writing “A Letter to the Free” for Ava DuVernay’s 13th documentary, which he worked on alongside Glasper and Riggins.

The group also performed at the White House for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert session, which included guest appearances from Keyon Harold, Derrick Hodge, and Bilal. The performance included a rendition of Common’s classic song “I Used To Love H.E.R.” as well as selections from his 11th studio album, Black America Again.

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