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  • Common Admits Drake Beef Started Over Serena Williams
    Common Admits Drake Beef Started Over Serena Williams
    Jul 7, 2014 at 03:06pm
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Common Reveals "Nobody Smiling" Tracklist [Update: Stream The Entire Album]
    Common Reveals "Nobody Smiling" Tracklist [Update: Stream The Entire Album]
    Jul 20, 2014 at 06:31pm
    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.
  • Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
    Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
    Jul 25, 2014 at 09:26am
    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.
  • 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 Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role
    Common Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role
    Jul 21, 2014 at 01:27am
    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"
    Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
    Jul 25, 2014 at 02:06pm
    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"
    Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling"
    Jul 30, 2014 at 01:09pm
    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
    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.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: August 10
    Charts Don’t Lie: August 10
    Aug 10, 2014 at 09:45am
    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
    Common Disagrees With Lord Jamar's Comments About White Rappers
    Jul 10, 2014 at 03:49am
    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 & 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. 
  • Common Explains What He's Learned From Vince Staples & Chicago Drill Artists
    Common Explains What He's Learned From Vince Staples & Chicago Drill Artists
    Jul 2, 2014 at 09:21am
    Common is gearing up for big things this summer, with an album entirely centered around violence in Chicago, Nobody's Smiling.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 50 Cent Says He And Common Have "BIG THINGS TO COME"
    50 Cent Says He And Common Have "BIG THINGS TO COME"
    Jul 7, 2014 at 01:33pm
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Can Hip-Hop Stop The Violence In Chicago?
    Can Hip-Hop Stop The Violence In Chicago?
    Jul 16, 2014 at 12:56pm
    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.
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