Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere it's clear that over the last decade hip-hop has been rapidly evolving, so much so that if you look away even in the slightest you might miss its next big move. So then, what do we make of Common's newest attempt at staying relevant? Read more 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.