Common News

  • Common & Oprah Penciled In For Season Two Of "Empire"
    Common & Oprah Penciled In For Season Two Of "Empire"
    Mar 15, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    "Empire" is one of the most-watched first seasons of any TV show ever -- nearly 15 million viewers tuned in for the most recent episode -- and the showrunners are already reloading for season two. Co-creator Lee Daniels told Access Hollywood on Thursday that he'll be writing roles for Oprah Winfrey and Common. "For absolutely sure. We're gonna have a good time," Daniels said.
  • Common and John Legend Win An Oscar For "Glory"
    Common and John Legend Win An Oscar For "Glory"
    Feb 22, 2015 at 11:43 PM
    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. He shared the Award with GOOD labelmate John Legend for their work together on "Glory," from the movie "Selma." Common also co-starred in the film, playing Civil Rights leader James Bevel. During the ceremony, Common and Legend performed "Glory" and received a standing ovation. Watch the performance below. 
  • Photos: Chris Brown, Miguel, Pharrell & More Attend Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala
    Photos: Chris Brown, Miguel, Pharrell & More Attend Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala
    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:38 AM
    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.
  • Beyoncé, Common & John Legend Will Perform Together At The Grammys
    Beyoncé, Common & John Legend Will Perform Together At The Grammys
    Feb 4, 2015 at 04:21 PM
    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. Centering around "Glory," a track from the "Selma" soundtrack, a live medley will feature the song's original performers, Common and John Legend, as well as Beyoncé.
  • Top Five Reasons Common Should Be In Your Top Five
    Top Five Reasons Common Should Be In Your Top Five
    Feb 3, 2015 at 10:33 AM
    “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. Things are different when arguing greatest of all-time however.  Certain guys are almost required to be mentioned. List the top five greatest emcees of all time, and leave off Nas…see the reaction. The man made Illmatic…one of the greatest albums of all time.
  • Usher, Pharrell, Common & More To Perform At The Grammys [Update: LL Cool J Announced As Host]
    Usher, Pharrell, Common & More To Perform At The Grammys [Update: LL Cool J Announced As Host]
    Jan 22, 2015 at 03:10 PM
    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.
  • Love Sosa? A Breakdown Of Chief Keef Fans & Critics
    Love Sosa? A Breakdown Of Chief Keef Fans & Critics
    Jan 12, 2015 at 12:21 PM
    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.” Like all ascendant genres, drill (and, by extension, it’s superstar Keef) was met with a mix of traditionalist revulsion, outsider derision and early adopter over-adulation. The simplistic rhymes and aggressive beats left some folks shaking their heads and others nodding along.
  • Common & John Legend Win A Golden Globe Award For Their Track "Glory"
    Common & John Legend Win A Golden Globe Award For Their Track "Glory"
    Jan 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM
    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. While this is Common's first Golden Globe win, he has previously won two Grammys; 2003 for his collaboration with Erykah Badu, "Love of My Life", 2008 for his collaboration with Kanye West, "Southside". This is John Legend's first Golden Globe, while the crooner has nine Grammys to his name. 
  • #TBT Mos Def's Early Classics
    #TBT Mos Def's Early Classics
    Jan 1, 2015 at 09:40 AM
    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.
  • 10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
    Dec 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
    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. Singles and one-offs are cool, but to compile 10+ tracks and keep it dope the whole way through makes you a master of hip-hop.
  • A Look At The Healthiest People In Hip-Hop
    A Look At The Healthiest People In Hip-Hop
    Nov 11, 2014 at 03:09 PM
    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. Hip-hop all-stars such as Big Sean, David Banner, 2 Chainz, Common, and Stic.man and business magnate Russell Simmons have all embraced a positive, healthy lifestyle filled with good nutrition, fitness, and positivity to promote knowledge, awareness, and overall well-being.
  • Common To Host Furniture Design Competition Series For Spike TV
    Common To Host Furniture Design Competition Series For Spike TV
    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM
    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.
  • Common Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Tour With Jay Electronica
    Common Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Tour With Jay Electronica
    Oct 14, 2014 at 01:10 PM
    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.
  • Jay Electronica To Appear On Common's "Kingdom" Remix [Update: Remix Debuts At AAHH!Fest]
    Jay Electronica To Appear On Common's "Kingdom" Remix [Update: Remix Debuts At AAHH!Fest]
    Sep 22, 2014 at 02:33 AM
    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. Claiming a remix to Com's "Kingdom" single has already been produced, Elec also commended the song's originator his efforts alongside Kanye West in creating the music festival. 
  • Kanye West Surprises Fans At AAHH!Fest In Chicago
    Kanye West Surprises Fans At AAHH!Fest In Chicago
    Sep 22, 2014 at 12:55 AM
    This has been a pretty heavy news day for Mr. West.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: August 10
    Charts Don’t Lie: August 10
    Aug 10, 2014 at 09:45 AM
    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. Nonetheless, he's already developed quite the loyal following, undoubtedly due (in part) to his affiliation with Drizzy.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: August 3
    Charts Don’t Lie: August 3
    Aug 3, 2014 at 09:16 AM
    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. Nonetheless, this is often reflected in his album sales-- he's not the kind of artist to do crazy big numbers, although both Be and Finding Forever were commercially successful releases debuting at #2 and #1 respectively on the Billboard 200.
  • Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling"
    Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling"
    Jul 30, 2014 at 01:09 PM
    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.
  • Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
    Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
    Jul 25, 2014 at 02:06 PM
    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. And this goes beyond the conscious label or being a representative of “real hip-hop.” Common’s best works have been guided by a sense of empathy whether it’s through his famous personification of hip-hop or within J Dilla’s production utopia.
  • Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
    Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
    Jul 25, 2014 at 09:26 AM
    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. Music label when it comes to business, rather, he's signed to No I.D.'s Artium imprint on Def Jam.
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