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Hip-hop artist, actor, and activist Common stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show with Andra Day to talk about the influence that art holds in society and to discuss the track “Stand Up for Something.”

“Art is one of the most powerful instruments of change,” said the 45-year-old musician. “From Nina Simone to Public Enemy to Do the Right Thing to Schindler’s List, it always can take you somewhere to teach you about people.”

Common, né Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., also discussed the desired impact of his feature on the recent Andra Lee song. The powerful tune comes from the forthcoming film Marshall, due in theaters Friday, Oct. 13.

“We [are] adding a component of activism to it and not only having the conversations, but of figuring ways which we can use the platform to charge people up because that’s what the song has done for us as creators. We want people to go out and do really what a lot of people are doing now, [which] is just finding ways they can contribute towards making humanity better.”

You can listen to Common’s full comments above.

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