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  • 10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
    10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:48am
    The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
  • #TBT: Common's Classics
    #TBT: Common's Classics
    Jun 4, 2015 at 02:45pm
    At this point, we really have to consider Common as one of the great MCs of all time. Rankings aside, the guys has had an insanely fruitful career: twenty-three years, a bunch of acting stints, and let's not forget the ten albums (a few of which, at least, are classics). It all started in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar? The Chicago MC enlisted an unknown No I.D. to produce the 13-track LP, and it's definitely considered a classic.
  • 6 Successful Crossover Rappers
    6 Successful Crossover Rappers
    May 31, 2015 at 03:31pm
    It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).     
  • Classic Rotation: Common's "Be"
    Classic Rotation: Common's "Be"
    May 24, 2015 at 02:37pm
    There are few artists who can make seriously great hip-hop albums that are captivating and cohesive for the entirety of their duration. However, those who do understand the medium do it really, really well, time and time again.
  • Met Gala 2015: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & More On The Red Carpet
    Met Gala 2015: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & More On The Red Carpet
    May 5, 2015 at 10:42am
    Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted their annual Met Gala, inviting the wealthiest of people to converge on their red carpet in all sorts of haute couture. 
  • Rap Industry Recap: April
    Rap Industry Recap: April
    May 1, 2015 at 09:17am
    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
  • Common Joins The Cast Of "Suicide Squad"
    Common Joins The Cast Of "Suicide Squad"
    Apr 22, 2015 at 10:05pm
    It looks like Common is adding another movie to his already long list of acting gigs he’s got lined up for this year. Just the other day we saw Common in the trailer for the film "Every Secret Thing", and now news is surfacing that he’s going to be in the upcoming DC Comics movie, "Suicide Squad".
  • Spike Lee Casts Kanye West & Common In Upcoming Film "Chiraq"
    Spike Lee Casts Kanye West & Common In Upcoming Film "Chiraq"
    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:58pm
    As an actor, Kanye West has made cameos in a number of films ("The Love Guru" and "Anchorman 2," to name a few), and starred in a few of his own, but he's never had that major of a role in someone else's movie. We've just learned that he'll be starring in an upcoming film called "Chiraq" that Spike Lee is directing, alongside the more seasoned actor/rapper Common, as well as Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Piven. 
  • Rap Industry Recap: March
    Rap Industry Recap: March
    Apr 1, 2015 at 08:02am
    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
  • Common & Oprah Penciled In For Season Two Of "Empire"
    Common & Oprah Penciled In For Season Two Of "Empire"
    Mar 15, 2015 at 05:30pm
    "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 11:43pm
    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 11:38am
    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 04:21pm
    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 10:33am
    “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 03:10pm
    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 12:21pm
    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 10:18pm
    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 09:40am
    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 11:51am
    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 03:09pm
    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.
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