Common Depicts Struggle & Strength in New “Hercules” (feat. Swizz Beatz) Video | Shore Fire Media

15 August, 2019Print

Common Depicts Struggle & Strength in New “Hercules” (feat. Swizz Beatz) Video

Common Depicts Struggle & Strength in New “Hercules” (feat. Swizz Beatz) Video

Let Love Out August 30th on Loma Vista Recordings
Watch “Hercules”:

Watch Common and Swizz Beatz Perform “Hercules” On Fallon:

Common Talks New Album, Arts Education On CBS Sunday Morning — Watch Here:

Today, Common — the GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper, activist, and best-selling author whose music helped ignite a wave of incisive-yet-insightful hip-hop culture — releases the video for “Hercules” (feat. Swizz Beatz), the latest single from his life-surveying, therapeutic new album Let Love out August 30th on Loma Vista Recordings.

The video — directed by ART and produced by Cole Cook — depicts the song’s message of strength and perseverance in concrete terms: images of police brutality and protests abound as the video’s protagonist (portrayed by Marcato) receives fatherly counsel from Swizz Beatz. Common plays the role of narrator, cool-headed and direct as he addresses the challenges and rigidity of Black manhood. Watch “Hercules” here:

Common just appeared as the lead guest on Fallon, discussing Let Love, freestyling with up-and-coming rapper Ray Wimley, and performing “Hercules” alongside Swizz Beatz. Watch the performance here:

Common also recently made an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, where he discussed the new album, his New York Times bestselling memoir Let Love Have The Last Word, his work bringing arts education to the Chicago neighborhood where he grew up, and more. Watch here:

Let Love is a radical statement from a rapper in 2019: Inspired by a phone call from his daughter that led him to re-examine his values and lifestyle, Common delves into issues of fatherhood, masculinity, self-care, and more. With contributions from A-Trak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Leon Bridges, Daniel Caesar, Dwele, Leikeli47, Jill Scott, and more, Let Love finds Common collaborating across generational lines and sounding as vital as ever. 

Common is currently on the Let Love tour — full dates below, with more dates to be announced soon.


Pre-order Let Love here:

“Hercules” Video Credits

Directed by ART

Produced by Cole Cook

Featuring Swizz Beatz & Marcato


Let Love Track List:

1. Good Morning Love feat. Samora Pinderhughes

2. HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar w/special guest Dwele

3. Dwele's Interlude

4. Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz

5. Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47

6. Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

7. Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak

8. Memories of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes

9. Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes

10. My Fancy Free Future Love

11. God Is Love feat. Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds


Tour Dates

8/15 - Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre*

8/16 - Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia*

8/20 - Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*

8/21 - Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium*

8/22 - Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*

8/23 - Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater*

8/27 - Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater^

8/28 - Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory*

8/29 - Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts*

9/7 - Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene

9/8 - Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA

9/10 - London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

9/12 - Manchester, England – O2 Ritz

9/14 - Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre

9/15 - Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk

9/16 - Berlin, Germany – Astra

9/18 - Utrecht, Holland – Ronda

9/19 - Belgium, Gent – Vooriut

*With Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh

^With Rapsody


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