Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier have been keeping busy for the last few months, working on the release of their collaborative album PRhyme. The tandem of Royce and Premo have teased a few tracks, including the intro cut and “Courtesy” as well as the visuals for “U Loopz.” The project is duo out December 9th but you’re in luck as they’ve made it available for stream via NPR right now. PRhyme features guest spots from artists the likes of Schoolboy Q, Mac Miller, Common, Killer Mike, and Jay Electronica. Peep the stream after the jump.

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The socially conscious Common has teamed up with HOME for his new song, “Trouble In the Water,” which also features Malik Yusef​, Kumasi, Aaron Fresh, Choklate, and Laci Kay. The track is to help raise awareness and bring attention about climate change and the “expand the climate movement.” Listen after the jump.

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Chi-Town what up?! Three of the finest rappers out of the Windy City join forces on one solid track. Lil Herb’s Welcome to Fazoland gets a facelift with Common and Chance the Rapper jumping on the remix. Peep the visuals after the jump.

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Both Vince Staples and Jay Electronica gave Common a helping hand during his AAHH! festival performance over the weekend and today Common delivers a remix of “Kingdom” featuring the two rappers. The original, which appears on Common’s excellent Nobody’s Smiling album, gets a nice boost of energy from the youthful Vince Staples and a solid verse from Jay Electronica. The track is said to be performed live at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Oct. 14th during a tribute to the late Mike Brown. After the jump.

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Last night (Sept. 21st) Common held his inaugural AAHH! Fest in his hometown Chicago, which featured performances by De La Soul, Lupe Fiasco, and Jennifer Hudson. During Common’s set, however, he brought out a “very special guest”. Kanye West eventually surprised the crowd, performing The College Dropout cut “Get Em High” with Common as well as songs like “Jesus Walks”, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Power”, “All of the Lights”, and more. Videos after the jump!

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Lil Herb, like Lil Bibby, Lil Durk and Lil Reese, is a Chi-town hustler rapper. Where he lacks in finesse, he makes up for in pulp. On this one, Common and Chance add the touches of subtlety and sobriety. Com just needs to rap a little faster so he doesn’t give the song such an obvious belly. After the jump.
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Lupe uses his open 3rd eye to craft this song that raises cancer awareness and research. Common sounds a little strained for his time but it’s too strong a sentiment to be weighed by a oldhead verse. Plus the vigor from Lupe shows he has a lot of fight in him for the social causes he takes up at a given time.
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The rapper formerly known as Common Sense is no longer common. He’s on his dime album, recruits young upstarts like Vince Staples to keep him “real,” and gets burn on the late night circuit like he’s a Roots member. Check the video of his performance last night after the jump.
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Watch this clip and tell me Common isn’t still — after 20 years — one of the best rap artists who can freestyle spontaneous verses at the drop of a beat. The lengthy interview is respect due to the Chi-town legend, who’s making the press rounds for his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, and the freestyle is at the very end. Check the video after the jump.
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Common’s Nobody’s Smiling is soon to be released. “The Neighborhood” follows a familiar series of Common tropes: poems about his romance with the ghetto, fables about street heroes and villains, an R&B singer in the mix. This is a terrific indication that Rashid is back to his roots as the capital-C Conscious rapper, and will save the truly sweet stuff for the next project.
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Here’s Common keeping it very real about the fact that Drake body slammed his career by sending subliminal shots about former boo-piece and tennis great Serena Williams. The rap vet got in his feelings as Drake swam around in his superstar sweetheart. But are things all resolved now? Was Drake with her shooting in the gym? Check the video after the jump.
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Figured Drake had put the old head to rest with the Serena shots but here go Common. Nah but respect due to The Artist Formerly Known As Kufi for getting his life together, misogyny in check, and musical mission in order. One of the best to ever do it, he had been unfairly derailed by every bad Hollywood script thrown his way. Welcome back, Rashid. Listen after the jump.
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Check out this cinematic new music video, directed by Hype Williams, for the latest single from Common’s forthcoming 10th studio album, Nobody Smiling.  This visual plays like a short film and I really enjoy the fact that we never see Common or Vince make an appearance throughout.  Nobody Smiling hits stores on July 22nd via Def Jam and No I.D.’s imprint, Atrium Records.

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