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Common has always tugged on the ladies’ heartstrings and with the release of his Love Star mini documentary, the rapper is bound to win over quite a few more admirers.

Essence fittingly premiered the short film today—Common debuted the song on the Essence Fest stage back in July. Everybody’s favorite Chicago MC (maybe?) brought filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu in to direct the documentary which featured “everyday women” in their element highlighting their opinions on Black love. Common spoke with Essence about the core idea of “Love Star.”

From Essence:

 “When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person,” the Chicago lyricist tells ESSENCE. “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. You know how people say, ‘oh, that’s my bae’ or my ‘boo’ or ‘my girl,’ like we used to say. Love Star is like a beautiful way of describing somebody important in your life that you care about. Then, when I knew I was a part of the Essence Festival, I was like, what better way that to show that love than expressing that to a Black woman. I know the Essence Fest as a whole is all about honoring Black women but, I also wanted to honor Black women myself, as a Black man. I wanted to show that we revere and hold you high, Black woman. We love you and care for you and honor you.”

Check out Common’s “Love Star” film below.

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