It’s amazing and equally refreshing to see just how far Chicago native, Common, has come. With a fresh new album (Nobody’s Smiling) on the way, Common sets his sights on cementing his name in the game as one of the all-time greats. Newly signed to Def Jam records, it’s apparent that even at this point in his career, the fire in his heart to deliver quality material is eternally lit. Even with an abundance of appearances in numerous blockbuster movies, Common still reps hard for Chicago and hip hop. We salute the rap veteran as he prepares to bring us yet another classic piece of material in just a few short weeks!
Remember when Common took his infamous trip to Detroit to meet with J Dilla? That meeting of two musical icons would go on to birth some of hip hop and soul’s most cherished treasures. As we revisit Common’s album masterpiece ‘Like Water For Chocolate’, we once again realized that Dilla was on a much higher level than most of his peers. With a fond ear for various genres of music J Dilla helped take Common as well as a stable of other artists to the next level. Here’s one of ‘Like Water For Chocolate’s’ soulful gems…
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This one is taken from Common’s ‘Finding Forever’ album. Produced by Kanye West, the song sounds as if it could have been produced by DJ Premier but Kanye gets the credit for this one (although Premo did the scratches you hear in the background). The moral of the story is Common and Kanye always make magic together when they collab. The ‘Be’ album was not a fluke, these two artists channel a certain type of energy which is undeniably successful every time.
Another high-spirited video from the Chi-town native, Common. Taken off his latest album, ‘The Dreamer, The Believer’, it seems as though the outspoken, but humble MC is creating his own lane.
With his latest album on an enevitable push towards becoming an instant classic, Common shows maturity as an man and artist. Throughout the album, Common drops jewel for mainstream, the underground, and the hood. An absolute complete album from start to finish.
On a recent trip to the ATL, Common stopped by the V-103 morning show with ‘Frank and Wanda’ and during his interview, he addressed the rumors about him dissing Drake in his new song.
With this high-spirited new single, we see Common developing into an innovative storyteller and visionary. One definite element that always adds more power and meaning to the lyrics of Common’s songs is the ablity to drop creative videos to accompany the music.
Common has been one of the few entertainers of our time that has been able to be successful in several avenues of entertainment. The Chicago native has always had a way of putting words together, which has made him one of hip hop’s most influential rappers of our time. To go along with that, Common transitioned into a talented actor which subsequently led him to be one of Hollywood’s most talked about actors (especially after appearing opposite Queen Latifah in ‘Just Wright’). And now, on September 13, Common will be release ‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’, an autobiography which will enlighten readers on his rise to stardom in the music industry as well as the Hollywood scene. The book, which is co-written with Adam Bradley, will be released through Atria Books.
Check out Common’s new video ‘Ghetto Dreams’ featuring Nas
Here is the official trailer for Common’s new single, ‘Ghetto Dreams’ featuring Nas. This collaboration…long overdue.
When this joint came out, people were taken by surprise at the lyrical content that translated into classic material. Everyone was afraid to embrace so-called ‘backpack’ music, but we’re talking about Blackstar…Talib Kweli and Mos Def are of the greatest, the addition of Common just makes for an added bonus. Pure classic.