Common Performs A FLOTUS-Inspired Medley

  • Published on Dec 1, 2018
  • With an introduction from Stephen and Michelle Obama, Common performs a medley of his songs 'The Day Women Took Over' and 'Glory.'
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Comments • 278

  • Nate Davies
    Nate Davies 12 days ago

    Common, in uncommon speech
    Humility tempered
    Jets do fly bys
    Long stripped of power
    And legions upon legions will spread
    We'll not settle for the mantle of uninterested
    Voices unified
    Don't have to sound like songs
    But damn sure, you'll remember ours
    Of brokenness unbending
    Slowed down and not surrendered
    Heads high
    Like Mt Olympus
    Thunder from our fathers
    And the storm is ended
    There's more blood in battles
    Than the war delivered
    Nurses and doctors
    First responders and those not considered
    Before we politic this
    Please be considerate
    Of the sacrifice
    Freedom paid and delivered
    So our skin tones
    And hymn songs
    Could be deliberated
    Dying for
    Before peace takes pieces to be desecrated
    We can force love
    Slip easy into hatred
    We must overcome our nature
    That should never be debated
    We can be good
    Can always do better
    Until the summit is scaled
    We should never be contented
    And there
    From a higher percpective
    We see one earth
    We are all connected

  • iulia nicoleta diaconescu

    Wow 🕊🍃

  • Sherry Williams
    Sherry Williams 5 months ago

    Wish I could find the studio version

  • Lynn Soloway
    Lynn Soloway 5 months ago

    An amazing performance. Common has his heart with all people, black through white. We are all one. Let's love one another. Peace, always strive for peace and love.

  • Miguel Matta
    Miguel Matta 5 months ago +1

    This is what I want for my kids, this hope, this future...
    And 72 dislikes? Man, those Russians need to step up....

  • kimberly cornelius
    kimberly cornelius 5 months ago

    One day #glory it's so close feet on the ground

  • Adri Rizo
    Adri Rizo 6 months ago

    For a second I thought Usher minus the hair, for the “backup” singer. Or should I say plus the hair

  • boobtuber06
    boobtuber06 6 months ago

    Man that was lame I think Common's gay

  • AnnRenee1
    AnnRenee1 6 months ago


  • G Key
    G Key 6 months ago


  • Kiara Adams
    Kiara Adams 6 months ago

    wow inspiration

  • baddmanaz
    baddmanaz 6 months ago

    An uncommon performance

  • ¡Si Señor!
    ¡Si Señor! 6 months ago

    I fxxing cried

  • al t
    al t 6 months ago

    i fn love this. nice to have Hope and Joy driving the bus. they b a couple of hat as bitches

  • Pablo Horteg
    Pablo Horteg 6 months ago +1

    Great track with a positive message.

  • suraj punjabi
    suraj punjabi 6 months ago

    Jon Batiste mustve been in the corner having multiple orgasms when common was performing.

  • Beautisattva
    Beautisattva 6 months ago +2

    yew! got chills when the queen took over at the end...everyone was great but she was the crowning glory

  • gabelogan56
    gabelogan56 6 months ago

    I think this song/medley is fantastic but I wasn't really feeling the pace.
    Try it at x1.25 speed with me!! Who's with me?! Ha. I love it!

  • Isabellye Acosta
    Isabellye Acosta 6 months ago +1

    Wooo, took me to church with that! Love to see Common use his lyrical genius for this. This message transcends through time and trouble!! Amazing job!!!

  • NomadicCleric
    NomadicCleric 6 months ago

    Omg. Crying. I’ve never felt so significant for being female

  • Slow Cheetah
    Slow Cheetah 6 months ago

    worst rapper name

  • Julie G
    Julie G 6 months ago +2

    That woman singing at the end, wow. Incredible vocals. I was waiting for her to go into "Great Gig in the Sky" :-D

    • RAII & Whitney
      RAII & Whitney 6 months ago +1

      We're glad you enjoyed the performance! #RAIIandWhitney

  • Kirk Leard
    Kirk Leard 6 months ago

    great performance...I saw it live, felt blessed

    VEGANSAM 6 months ago

    MY GOODNESS!...This man blows me away...EVERY TIME!.....I'm still in awe of his performance of Black America Again on the Tonight Show in 2016...which is available on last!

  • Stef Joseph-Kruyswijk
    Stef Joseph-Kruyswijk 6 months ago

    Really enjoyed a song that really had something to say. Felt good to listen what could be possible and hopefully a positive movement that has started

  • reeni k
    reeni k 6 months ago +2

    nothing common about common :)

  • Dave F
    Dave F 6 months ago +1

    Wow this gave me goosebumps. The crowd that night is incredibly lucky - three segements with Michelle Obama, and then this performance!

  • Daniel Franchi
    Daniel Franchi 6 months ago

    Why the thumbnail look like Common's passionately holding a blurry joint

  • Alexander Castillo
    Alexander Castillo 6 months ago +1

    That black singer gave me chills man,his voice is beautiful.

    • RAII & Whitney
      RAII & Whitney 6 months ago

      We're glad you enjoyed the performance! #RAIIandWhitney

  • Alexander M. Hofmann
    Alexander M. Hofmann 6 months ago

    What is the sample that the piano is playing in the very first part of the song?

  • Sanjeevani Banerjee
    Sanjeevani Banerjee 6 months ago +1

    This beautifully woke.✨😭

  • Bubbliii Meech
    Bubbliii Meech 6 months ago +1


  • Beverley Reid
    Beverley Reid 6 months ago +1

    Who is this kid? So much talent....Amen

  • BaneBalt
    BaneBalt 6 months ago +2

    That awkward handshake at the end though...😬

  • whimbird
    whimbird 6 months ago

    I love Common so much. This was beautiful! From a fellow Chicagoan, cheers to Common and his seven steps to heaven, to make the bread leaven --

  • Irish Dave
    Irish Dave 6 months ago +1

    Wow this is one of the most powerful musical performances I’ve ever watched.

    • RAII & Whitney
      RAII & Whitney 6 months ago

      We're glad you enjoyed the performance! #RAIIandWhitney

  • Johnny B. Rempit
    Johnny B. Rempit 6 months ago

    Of all things, being 'common' he is not.

  • pswilson1000
    pswilson1000 6 months ago +2

    Rarely do I have such an emotional reaction to a song. We need to continue to get out, speak up, vote and take back our country. We can not let the current climate dictate who we are as a nation. Thank you Common.

  • Ante R
    Ante R 6 months ago

    a true legend

  • Jonni0608
    Jonni0608 6 months ago +2

    This is one of the best The Late Show's I've seen.

  • Kenshin Himura
    Kenshin Himura 6 months ago

    I've always liked common. A great musican and actor.

  • KingKen04
    KingKen04 6 months ago

    This is a really nice song. It’s good to see Joe Budden making new music 😅 “joke”
    The song is seriously nice though👏

  • Yvette Quinones
    Yvette Quinones 6 months ago +1

    I freaking LOVE Common...

  • Gail Bolton
    Gail Bolton 6 months ago +4

    I am an old white woman and I have goosebumps all over! That was INCREDIBLE and profound -- all about how it could be Thank YOU! Thank you for reminding me.

    • RAII & Whitney
      RAII & Whitney 6 months ago

      We're glad you enjoyed the performance! #RAIIandWhitney

  • Ádám Arany
    Ádám Arany 6 months ago disingenuous

  • MrCalifornia1234
    MrCalifornia1234 6 months ago


  • hey funny
    hey funny 6 months ago +1


  • DefonotLuke
    DefonotLuke 6 months ago

    Do you people really think this is good music?

  • god dog
    god dog 6 months ago

    X 💃 🎶 now that i am clearing the air for my TRUE LOVE who has been waiting for me to dispose of the jew monster imposter that's been under his bed, december 25th marks the END OF THE AGE OF MEN, so my energy now operates in his favor===so the request of the white male yesterday who stated that he is new in town and asked for my directions to a church, in order to seek their charity of towing his broken down car...IS GRANTED===answering MY TRUE LOVERS' CALL=== you're the kind of girl that deserves a gentle man ,why are you waisting time is this wrong situation when you should be with me instead, i know i can treat you better than he you should let me love you let me be THE ONE to give you everything you want and need baby good love and protection make me your selection show you the way loves' suppose to be 🎶💃👦 💋✌👌

  • kimberly cornelius
    kimberly cornelius 6 months ago +2

    Love this I was standing up in my living room damn he rules!

  • Carolynhair growth Smith
    Carolynhair growth Smith 6 months ago +1

    I love me some Common. His lyrics are sweet, clean and very encouraging. I'm lov ya mannnnn.

  • Ben Frank
    Ben Frank 6 months ago +2

    No one said anything about the female that blew it down at the very end how powerful was that such a strong voice coming from a woman so small in stature smh......u go get Momma

  • Nipples
    Nipples 6 months ago

    "woman rise up" then he gives all the lead vocals to a man and hires an all male band cept for the one backup vocalist. So woke.

  • spiderbabybill
    spiderbabybill 6 months ago +2

    4m 10s - that vocal performance! Damn!

  • Éirinn O'Kelly
    Éirinn O'Kelly 6 months ago +1

    I pray for the day when Women are treated as the Goddess they really are and the awakening of the Feminine Divine in every living breathing being...…..

  • Jill Springer Forrest
    Jill Springer Forrest 6 months ago +1

    Common versing the strains of the common person. He's on the pulse of the people.

  • Terence O'Rourke
    Terence O'Rourke 6 months ago +5

    I had tears running down my face by the end. They are coming again as I write this. Beautiful. Epic.

    • RAII & Whitney
      RAII & Whitney 6 months ago +1

      We're glad you enjoyed the performance! #RAIIandWhitney

  • karen knapp
    karen knapp 6 months ago +1

    so beautiful!

  • Jennifer Gee
    Jennifer Gee 6 months ago +1

    It might be trite but it's true: Common is uncommon. Love.

  • Fancy Colt
    Fancy Colt 6 months ago

    Common. Please shutup

  • DonC
    DonC 6 months ago

    I thought FLOTUS was short for Flying Lotus..... I am severely disappointed. But I still love Common so I gave it a like.

  • Nwoke Ideato
    Nwoke Ideato 6 months ago

    Erm, Michelle is so running for president. Best believe!

  • ThomasPolman1983
    ThomasPolman1983 6 months ago

    Common's lost some of his lustre from the resurrection, one day it'll and lwfc albums for me, but I love seeing one of my teenage heroes being elevated to something of a national treasure. He deserves it! And if you have never heard resurrection before
    There you go.

  • Travis Remington
    Travis Remington 6 months ago +2

    Yolanda n john legend who ...... They better work that audiemce wasnt ready .... I wish they said the singers name after or before the performance 🔥🔥🔥 litty

  • Tasdique khan_2212700
    Tasdique khan_2212700 6 months ago +3


  • Chrissie K
    Chrissie K 6 months ago +3

    I want to listen to it again but can't stop crying 😭😭😭😭😭 how beautiful it is ❤️❤️❤️

  • Chris P
    Chris P 6 months ago +1

    my moms new favorite song

  • Paul McKnight
    Paul McKnight 6 months ago +3

    flawless '')

  • lisa koola
    lisa koola 6 months ago

    who cuts the onions ?

  • J DS
    J DS 6 months ago

    LIVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS, GOD IS GOOD. GLAD TO FAVOR NON TERRORISTS!!!!, thank you Stephen Colbert for your platform tonight!!

  • The Shift 360
    The Shift 360 6 months ago +1

    #LitAF great job

  • Melissa Finn
    Melissa Finn 6 months ago +3

    Love this man! An anchor, moral compass, and social justice poet all wrapped up in One.

  • Ian Mcgrath
    Ian Mcgrath 6 months ago +3

    Hi from Scotland,just to say this guy is really really good.

  • Crushi! Official Channel of Music, Art and Weird

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  • indigoridge
    indigoridge 6 months ago +3

    Wow! Beautifully done.

  • André Marinho
    André Marinho 6 months ago +2

    this is legit hip-hop... powerful lyrics with amazing melody... just... wow! :D

  • Chuck Russell
    Chuck Russell 6 months ago

    The purpose of Humanity is to commune with life Knowing that all life is sacred.
    The purpose of the human race is to dominate life believing that might is right, at the cost
    of living in the fear that is created. My fellow Americans united we stand.

    • Beeble Brox
      Beeble Brox 6 months ago

      Nope. "purpose" is decided by each individual for themselves #nogroupthink

  • Lagunaticmom
    Lagunaticmom 6 months ago +2

    I cannot adequately express how deeply this touched me; when men recognize and speak words of life, love, & respect for women, the earth, life...all seems right with the world. Stay righteous. Fight the good fight. Tears of gratitude to all the artists & activists who are expressing Life of Love. 💕💕💕🙏🙏🙏

  • Jimmy James
    Jimmy James 6 months ago +3

    Beautiful, brought tears to my eyes!

  • D Rose
    D Rose 6 months ago +8

    WOW. SO beautiful! I love Common. 💙🖤👏✊

  • mangojuiceist
    mangojuiceist 6 months ago +5


  • manikantan r
    manikantan r 6 months ago +4

    :'( King pointed to the mountain top and WE RAN UP ! So many good people gone before us. Standing tall and proudly looking down upon us. Dang all these onions and dusty place.

  • mad4u19
    mad4u19 6 months ago +7

    This is one of the best performance on the show. It is touching and inspiring. I can't say how many times I've watched it.

  • rondaroodle
    rondaroodle 6 months ago +3

    Beautiful!!! Simply just beautiful!

  • offchance
    offchance 6 months ago +1

    oh shit i forgot i put this on, its good!

  • Rose Smith
    Rose Smith 6 months ago +10

    So Totally Awesome, caused tears and goosebumps 😉

  • Deborah Allen
    Deborah Allen 6 months ago +4

    Gave me tears of joy!!!!

  • Christi Hays
    Christi Hays 6 months ago +5

    Inspiring, thank you from my heart.

  • Bruce Leroy
    Bruce Leroy 6 months ago +65

    This is real hip hop unlike the trash that's on the radio nowadays.

  • Jay Rami
    Jay Rami 6 months ago +2

    holy fuck the ending

  • Jay Rami
    Jay Rami 6 months ago +1

    yes god

  • P B
    P B 6 months ago +59

    Lord this was amazing the trio of voices, the epicness of the lyrics and then some. Common Colbert and Michelle Obama. We have been spoilt.

  • No days off
    No days off 6 months ago +31

    Common, delivering great poetry since the 90s.

  • Christine Bogart
    Christine Bogart 6 months ago +38

    What an incredible performance! The lyrics brought me to tears, and the vocals at the end gave me goosebumps!

    • mad4u19
      mad4u19 6 months ago +1

      I thought it was me alone. Man, it touching.

  • Sandra Nelson
    Sandra Nelson 6 months ago +18

    There is nothing common about this performance.

  • Lauren B. Davis
    Lauren B. Davis 6 months ago +8

    Fantastic! Thank you, Common!

  • Mr. Wittke
    Mr. Wittke 6 months ago +3

    shout out Common

    SAMZIRRA 6 months ago +7

    That singer is amazing. Goosebumps

  • Adriana M
    Adriana M 6 months ago +15

    I just cried and cried....

  • Mouché Kenny
    Mouché Kenny 6 months ago +2

    No one sing that song better than Yolanda