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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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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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.