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 reference to the hopeless mentality of his hometown with his forthcoming album title, Nobody's Smiling.
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. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
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.
Common Admits Drake Beef Started Over Serena Williams
It's been over a year since the Common/Drake beef went down, with Drake proclaiming near the end of things that he had won.
50 Cent Says He And Common Have "BIG THINGS TO COME"
50 Cent and Common aren't exactly two rappers whom you'd expect to collaborate, as Fif once had a much-publicized feud with Common's longtime pal Kanye West, and the subject matter that they rap about couldn't be more different. Though we don't yet know what their work together will entail, we do know that the pair have, in Fiddy's words, "BIG THINGS TO COME." Yesterday the G-Unit rapper posted an Instagram photo of him and Common and captioned it "Ran into COMMON we on the move BIG THINGS TO COME. #SMSAUDIO." Check it out below.
Samples Of The Week: July 3rd
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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Common Explains What He's Learned From Vince Staples & Chicago Drill Artists
Common is gearing up for big things this summer, with an album entirely centered around violence in Chicago, Nobody's Smiling.
Common Shares Artwork For "Nobody's Smiling" Featuring G Count And King Louie [Update: Official Standard/Deluxe Covers Released]
With his new album Nobody's Smiling, Common has already made his mission clear: the violence tearing apart Chicago's youth must be addressed. But, in a very cool move, Common doesn't seem to be condemning any of the city's younger rappers, many of whom are associated with the drill scene -- quite the opposite in fact. Multiple versions of his new album's artwork will feature rappers like G Count, King Louie, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby, KD Young Cocky and Dreezy on the cover.
Common Signs To Def Jam, Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Release Date
Common has been working on a new album, Nobody's Smiling, entirely with producer No I.D. At the end of last week he dropped a new leak with Vince Staples, "Kingdom." Now he's followed it up with a release date, plus news of a new deal for the Chicago native.
Lil Herb Reveals That He's Working With Common And Rich Homie Quan
Nicki Minaj's recent track "Chi-Raq" was the biggest look that Lil Herb's gotten thus far in his young career, and according to him, it's made a lot of other artists interested in him.
Kanye West & Common Launch Initiative To Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth
Youth gang violence in Chicago has seen a huge increase in recent years, and Chi-town natives Kanye West and Common are doing their part to put a stop to it. Both rappers already have their own foundations (Donda's House and Common Ground, respectively), and have decided to team up with the Chicago Urban League to create new job opportunities year round for Chicago teens. The AAHH! music festival will also contribute to the funding for the initiative, and will take place September 20-21 in Hyde Park. Common spoke of the efforts in a press conference yesterday:
No I.D. Is The New Executive Vice President Of Def Jam Recordings
More positive news, folks. Veteran Chicago producer and A&R Dion Wilson, AKA No I.D., has been named the new executive vice president of Def Jam Recordings. Formerly the company's executive vice president of A&R, he'll also be maintaining this position alongside Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua. This comes shortly after Def Jam's departure from Island Def Jam Motown. The company is now being run by Steve Bartels autonomously.
It's Yo Birthday: Common's Top 21 Tracks
Today, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr, known to us as Common, turns 42 years old. He is one of the finest talents to come of out of the state of Chicago, having produced 29 singles and 9 studio albums across a career that spans the twenty-two years.
Samples Of The Week: January 30
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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey."
Common Announces New Album With No I.D. "Nobody's Smiling"
Common's been pretty absent from hip-hop in 2013, however with 2014 in full swing it looks like we may get new material from the G.O.O.D. rapper. The actor recently spoke to Revolt TV about his upcoming joint effort with No I.D. called Nobody's Smiling, which was originally going to be an EP but has turned into a proper full-length effort. As Com explains in the interview, the album's title is a reflection on Chicago's mounting violence, and call to action to incite change.
Common Details Upcoming Projects & Vince Staples Collaboration
Common gave us some details on his upcoming mixtape (his very first) back in January, but otherwise we haven't heard much about the projects he's promised this year. The legendary emcee has now given us a little more information on his ambitious plans for the near future.
Drake Says He Won His Beef With Common
Last year, Drake and Common had a highly publicized beef on record. Starting with Common's "Sweet," garnering a response from Drizzy on "Stay Schemin'," and ending with Common addressing Drake by name on his own remix of the track.
SummerSet Festival Ticket Giveaway
HotNewHipHop is giving away six pairs of tickets for SummerSet 2013, taking place August 9-11. This year's lineup includes Big Boi, Common, and many more. Contest Rules:
Common Speaks On Kanye West & Kim K's Pregnancy
Common has been so busy working and doing promo for his "LUV" film (which he not only acts in but helped produce), that it seems he hasn't had time to speak to his friend and G.O.O.D. Music boss, Kanye West, about his child-to-be with Kim Kardashian.
140 Bars Or Less: July 20 to August 01
Dissecting the funniest, most entertaining, and outrageous tweets from some of the biggest names in rap who are on Twitter. Twitter is intriguing to fans because it offers an un-buffered forum into the minds of some of your favorite artists. The material is often raw and unfiltered, and lucky for us, most of these guys have no filter.