Common has joined forces with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins to form a new band called August Greene.
Although the three have collaborated before, including on the Emmy Award-winning “Letter To The Free,” the trio made its official debut on Thursday (January 18) with the release of its debut single “Optimistic” featuring Brandy. The track is a cover of Sound of Blackness’ 1991 song of the same name.
“August Greene actually formed before we chose a name, before we even knew it was a band,” Common told NPR. “Karriem, Rob and I go back many years. It was something natural.”
The group’s self-titled debut LP is scheduled to be released on March 9 via Amazon Music. It is being billed as an Amazon Original.
Listen to “Optimistic” above.