Common News

  • Common Signs To Def Jam, Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Release Date
    Common Signs To Def Jam, Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Release Date
    Jun 4, 2014 at 09:44am
    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
    Lil Herb Reveals That He's Working With Common And Rich Homie Quan
    Apr 18, 2014 at 06:16pm
     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
    Kanye West & Common Launch Initiative To Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth
    Apr 17, 2014 at 03:02pm
    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
    No I.D. Is The New Executive Vice President Of Def Jam Recordings
    Apr 1, 2014 at 02:20pm
    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
    It's Yo Birthday: Common's Top 21 Tracks
    Mar 13, 2014 at 01:05pm
    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
    Samples Of The Week: January 30
    Jan 30, 2014 at 12:33pm
    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 Announces New Album With No I.D. "Nobody's Smiling"
    Jan 6, 2014 at 05:59pm
    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 Details Upcoming Projects & Vince Staples Collaboration
    Sep 8, 2013 at 06:23pm
    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
    Drake Says He Won His Beef With Common
    Aug 13, 2013 at 01:54pm
    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
    SummerSet Festival Ticket Giveaway
    Jul 22, 2013 at 02:11pm
      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 Speaks On Kanye West & Kim K's Pregnancy
    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:01am
    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
    140 Bars Or Less: July 20 to August 01
    Aug 2, 2012 at 05:17pm
    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.
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