Ahead of his anticipated eleventh album and follow-up to 2014’s Nobody’s Smiling, Common dropped an affection-tinged single “Lovestar.”
Celebrating the art and majesty that is Black Love, the musician has teamed with Essence for a documentary of the same name.
Speaking on the short film’s inspiration, Common tells the publication “When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person. I thought about when I love a woman and I can enjoy her, but at the same time she can enjoy me and we can have fun and laugh. But then there’s also a real bond that’s there that has spirituality, growth, support and integrity connected in it. We’re willing to make mistakes, but we’re there for each other; that’s true love.
“So the theme, Love Star, came up just because I thought it was a cool nickname to call somebody that you’re close to. I wanted to show that we revere and hold you high, Black woman. We love you and care for you and honor you.”