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.
Is G.O.O.D. Music A Good Label? 5 Artists Whose Careers Stalled While Signed
Reaching peak visibility during Kanye West's inescapable "G.O.O.D. Fridays" series that served as a prelude to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, G.O.O.D. Music has since become one of the most revered labels in hip hop. Even if it's not nearly as prolific as other indies, most would still call you a fool if you turned down a chance to sign with Kanye, especially in the wake of recent successes like Dark Sky Paradise and My Name Is My Name.
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. 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.
Drake & Serena Williams Rekindle The Flame?
"My Way" may have been the Fetty Wap song Drake chose to bless with a guest verse earlier this year, but it might have more accurate if he had chosen "Again." He was just spotted making out with tennis star Serena Williams in a Cincinnati restaurant, and if you'll recall from his beef with Common a few years back, this wasn't his first encounter with her.
Common Weighs In On Drake & Serena Hooking Up
Back when the Common-Drake beef was happening, it was rumored that tennis player Serena Williams played a part-- she was coupled up with Common before the two parted ways, and then she reportedly linked up with Drizzy. Common later admitted that Serena was indeed the fueling factor, saying, "So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, but at the time I never said that."
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.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
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. Music label when it comes to business, rather, he's signed to No I.D.'s Artium imprint on Def Jam.
6 Successful Crossover Rappers
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).
The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
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?
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.” 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.
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
Photos: Nicki Minaj, Eve, & Common In "Barbershop: The Next Cut"
"Barbershop: The Next Cut," the first "Barbershop" film in 12 years, will be released on April 15, 2016. "Barbershop" is a classic film in its own right, "Barbershop 2" managed not to submarine the franchise, and now "Barbershop: TNC" is on the way, with Nicki Minaj, Eve, and Common joining Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast.
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. On top of replacing Thor with a female counterpart, the industry giant also announced that Falcon--formerly Captain America's partner--will be taking over his boss' role in the upcoming series, making character Sam Wilson the first black Captain America since 2003's Isaiah Bradley. The internet quickly took sides; some fans felt the change was a gimmick while others embraced the newfound diversity.
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. 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'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.
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. 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.
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. Nonetheless, he's already developed quite the loyal following, undoubtedly due (in part) to his affiliation with Drizzy.
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.