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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before we get to see the Hype Williams directed video for the latest single off of Common’s 10th studio album, we get to hear the song itself. Featuring a guest appearance by fellow label mate, Vince Staples, “Kingdom” is laced by Chicago beatsmith No I.D.
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Common is listenable here. Illa J and Frank Nitt don’t disturb or are harmless. Dezi Paige really steals the show. She’s finessing those strings with a half-staccato, half-grooving yodel. Lovely addition to a vanilla cream song otherwise.
Elijah Blake drops the visual for his “X.O.X.” collabo with Common, off the Bijoux 22 EP
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