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  • Cover of Common and John Legend Win An Oscar For "Glory"
    In 2006, Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from the "Hustle & Flow" soundtrack. Nine years later, at tonight's Academy Awards, another rapper--Common--has taken home the golden statue for Best Original Song.
  • Cover of Photos: Chris Brown, Miguel, Pharrell & More Attend Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala
    By this point, Grammy weekend is well underway, with Roc Nation hosting a brunch event and Big Sean delivering the guest-heavy performance that people expect to surround the awards show yesterday.
  • Cover of Beyoncé, Common & John Legend Will Perform Together At The Grammys
    By now, you probably know that The Grammys are airing this Sunday, and that Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney are among the scheduled performers. But what you probably haven't heard yet is that another trio will unite to form a supergroup of sorts for one of the night's performances.
  • Cover of Top Five Reasons Common Should Be In Your Top Five
    “Top 5” lists are often a personal thing. Everyone has their reasons for their top five emcees. Sometimes, those reasons will include “because I said so," or the other go-to "because it’s my list,” When talking personal favorites, your list is your list.
  • Cover of Usher, Pharrell, Common & More To Perform At The Grammys [Update: LL Cool J Announced As Host]
    In December we received the nominations for the 2015 Grammys, which are right around the corner now. The event goes down on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today the annual music accolades announced a few familiar r'n'b faces as performers for the night.
  • Cover of Love Sosa? A Breakdown Of Chief Keef Fans & Critics
    Chief Keef emerged from the almost cartoonishly violent streets of Chicago’s South Side in 2011, riding the crest of a grassroots, for-teens-by-teens movement that came to be known as “drill music.”
  • Cover of Common & John Legend Win A Golden Globe Award For Their Track "Glory"
    Common and John Legend won a Golden Globe award for "Best Original Song" for their collaborative track "Glory", which was featured on the soundtrack for the film Selma.
  • Cover of #TBT Mos Def's Early Classics
    Yasiin Bey has taken on the role as a hip-hop elder. He speaks on important issues and is often times regarded as a spokesperson for the culture along with cats like Talib Kweli, Questlove, Q-Tip, etc.
  • Cover of 10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive.
  • Cover of A Look At The Healthiest People In Hip-Hop
    Slinging crack rock, popping glocks, and smacking hoes is not the way to keep it gangsta. In the words of Stic.man of the hip-hop duo Dead Prez, "HEALTHY IS THE NEW GANGSTA." True happiness can be achieved through knowledge, proper nutrition, fitness, and meditation; not guns and drugs.
  • Cover of Common To Host Furniture Design Competition Series For Spike TV
    Common Sense has been known to stretch his résumé into a variety of fields outside of music, earning himself principal acting gigs on television and film, as well as doing a little bit of activism and modeling on the side. Com's latest endeavor, however, is outside the box even for him.
  • Cover of Common Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Tour With Jay Electronica
    After Jay Electronica hopped on Common's remix of "Kingdom", the two have followed up to join forces for an entire "Nobody's Smiling" tour. The tour dates aren't extensive, but they hit several key spots across the United States-- no Canada dates this time around though.
  • Cover of Jay Electronica To Appear On Common's "Kingdom" Remix [Update: Remix Debuts At AAHH!Fest]
    Jay Electronica has emerged from hiding to appear at AAHH!Fest in Chicago alongside some of hip-hop's finest. Prior to his set, Elec spoke briefly with Revolt TV about the festival and his upcoming work, specifically a remix he recorded alongside AAHH!Fest's co-sponsor Common.
  • Cover of Kanye West Surprises Fans At AAHH!Fest In Chicago
    This has been a pretty heavy news day for Mr. West. In the past 24 hours, his wife's nude photos leaked to the internet, photos of his fashion class in Los Angeles hit Instagram, and James Franco revealed the details of the rapper's reaction to his "Bound 2" parody on The Tonight Show.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: August 10
    This week we see one new entry below, belonging to October's Very Own's PARTYNEXTDOOR. The r'n'b singer is relatively new, having released his first official mixtape PARTYNEXTDOOR just last summer.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: August 3
    As an actor, Common has definitely been in some major mainstream flicks and get his due recognition for it. As a rapper, Common borders on the underground/conscious scene, although he's not fully immersed in it because he does do double duty acting.
  • Cover of Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling"
    Here goes the first week sales for Common's tenth studio album, Nobody's Smiling, which also marked his departure from G.O.O.D. Music as he joined No I.D.'s Def Jam imprint. The album was also entirely produced by No I.D.
  • Cover of Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
    A mostly levelheaded veteran who’s open about his distant relationship with Chicago, Common is the only 30-plus rapper who could’ve made a Nobody’s Smiling.
  • Cover of Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
    Common's new album Nobody's Smiling was a joint effort with producer No I.D., but it seems their relationship has gone even further than that, and in the process, G.O.O.D. Music was sidetracked. Common revealed to MTV News that he's no longer officially on the G.O.O.D.
  • Cover of Samples Of the Week: July 24
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Common Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role
    Marvel recently announced that they're going to be switching some things up for their upcoming series of "Avengers" comics.
  • Cover of Common Reveals "Nobody Smiling" Tracklist [Update: Stream The Entire Album]
    Common is getting ready to release his long-awaited follow-up to The Dreamer/The Believer later this summer, and while we've already been given the artwork and release date for the project, today Com shares the full tracklist.
  • Cover of Can Hip-Hop Stop The Violence In Chicago?
    Back in 2011 Kanye West rapped the chilling statistic "314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago," in his verse from "Murder to Excellence" from the Watch The Throne album, and yet three years later 80 people were shot over July 4th weekend in the city that's come to be known as "Chiraq." Common even makes referen
  • Cover of Top Tracks Of The Week: July 7-13
    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
  • Cover of Common Disagrees With Lord Jamar's Comments About White Rappers
    While speaking with Vlad TV about the upcoming season of AMC's "Hell On Wheels," Common took a moment to address issues of race in hip-hop culture, going as far to directly address Jamar's comments that white rappers are "guests" in the genre.
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