2000 Tim Westwood Freestyle
Common & Guru
Last week, Tim Westwood dedicated his Throwback Thursday installment to Proof in honor of the 10th anniversary of the rapper's death. This week, honors Keith "Guru" Elam six years after the Gang Starr emcee lost his battle with cancer.
Ice Cube & Common
Ice Cube and Common both star in the upcoming film “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” which seems pretty normal for two of the more successful rappers-turned-actors. However, the two had a fairly notable beef in the 1990s, which eventually led to Common’s diss track “The Bitch in Yoo.” Fast-forward to 2016 though, and the two are together on “Real People.”
'03 Tim Westwood Freestyle (Unreleased)
Tim Westwood's TBT game has been unmatched lately. Dating back to November, the U.K.
Speak To Em
Lil Bibby Feat. Common
Lil Bibby continues to hold us over with new music while we wait for his Free Crack 3 mixtape to arrive on November 27. After hitting us with his Future-assisted record “Aww Man” last week, Bibby decides to come through today and share another one with the Chicago legend Common called “Speak To Em.”
Live For Today
Stacy Barthe Feat. Common
We haven't featured singer Stacy Barthe on HNHH too often, but when she nabs a feature from Common, it deserves a spot on the site. Plus, he kills his verse.
John Legend Feat. Common
The timing could not be better for "Selma," a film that centers on the Martin Luther King Jr.-led civil rights marches that went down in 1965. Releasing on Christmas, the movie will drop in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men killed by police officers. Today, we get to hear John Legend and Common's uplifting contribution to the film's soundtrack, a powerful track called "Glory."
Trouble In The Water
Common Feat. Malik Yusef, Kumasi, Aaron Fresh, Choklate & Laci Kay
Common is rapper who always tries to do his best to create change through his art. While his most recent project, Nobody's Smiling saw him raising awareness of the youth violence going on in his hometown of Chicago, his new song, "Trouble In The Water" has a much broader scope. As a contribution to the HOME cause, the song revolves around the issue of climate change.
Common, Vince Staples and, eventually, Jay Electronica's track "Kingdom" has certainly been one of the most powerful hip-hop tracks to have been released all year. With gospel-style backing vocals and lyrics dealing with youth violence, the Nobody's Smiling highlight clearly moved Pro Era's Dessy Hinds, because he's just dropped a remix of the track.
Snoh Aalegra Feat. Common
Swedish singer-songwriter Snoh Aalegra makes her way to HNHH with "Bad Things," a brand new promo single that's not currently attached to a larger project. Sporting a Lana Del Ray-esque instrumental by her label boss No I.D. and featuring Common Sense, the track puts emphasis on Snoh's vocals. Given the talent on display here, Snoh's rise seems all but inevitable.
Common Feat. Vince Staples & Jay Electronica
A few days ago, we reported that Jay Electronica was slated to appear on an upcoming remix of Common and Vince Staples' "Kingdom," and now it's arrived. Common just posted the remix on his SoundCloud with that relatively low budget artwork you see to the left.
MC Lyte Feat. Common
MC Lyte makes a triumphant return to the game with a moving new track called "Dear John". She enlists the help of fellow OG Common on the classic sounding song. 10Beats evokes memories of Puff on "All About The Benjamins" with his hook, while LoudBox crafts the clap and bass heavy instrumental. Lyrically, MC Lyte still sounds like she's on her A-game, while Common brings the heat per usual.
Fight Or Flight (Remix)
G Herbo Feat. Common & Chance The Rapper
Lil Herb's Welcome To Fazoland still stands as one of the year's best mixtapes, and "Fight Or Flight" was one of the stand-out tracks. While Herb proved throughout the tape that he is more than capable of handling a track on his own, we're not mad at the selection of features he chose for the remix. After Herb showed up on his most recent project, Common retunrs the favor and delivers a verse over the vocal-sampling production, while hometown hero Chance The Rapper rounds out the track with a new 16.
Lupe Fiasco Feat. Jennifer Hudson & Common
Lupe Fiasco has teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer to drop a brand new single. Available on iTunes on September 5th, "Remission" is the latest in for-charity singles that SU2C has made available for public purchase. Featuring Jennifer Hudson and Common, the track will be performed during the highly-publicized live event on September 5th at 8pm/7c via Stand Up To Cancer's official website.
City To City
Common's new album Nobody's Smiling is in stores and available online since yesterday. With that, these internets have dug up one of the bonus tracks only available on the LP if you purchased a Target edition. "City To City" has an extremely jazzy instrumental, with various horn instruments being the main component. Com offers up a choppy flow to match the beat, as he details city living.
Common Feat. G Herbo & Cocaine 80s
Common is embracing the Chicago of old and new on his upcoming album, "Nobody's Smiling", which is evident on the project's intro, "The Neighborhood".Produced of course by longtime Chi-town collaborator No I.D., the song also incorporates a sample from city treasure, Curtis Mayfield. Also adding a fresh new voice to the mix is up and coming rapper, Lil Herb, who proves once again that he is one of the most exciting new voices coming out of the region.
Common Feat. Big Sean
Common is getting ready for the release of his Chiraq-themed album Nobody's Smiling, and today we've got another leak from it. When you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll be able to download this Big Sean-featured cut “Diamonds” for free.
Speak My Piece
Common is gearing up for the release of his Chiraq-themed album Nobody's Smiling, and today we've got another leak from it. "Speak My Piece" flips a Biggie line from "Hypnotize" ("So I just speak my piece, keep my peace") for its chorus, and like the rest of the album, was produced by No I.D. With the Biggie line and the single artwork obviously pointing to the triple entendre of piece (something one speaks) vs. piece (a gun) vs. peace, an Andre 3000 line from "Return Of The G" also comes to mind:
Common Feat. Vince Staples
Common teased us about this collaboration with rising rapper from Long Beach, California, Vince Staples, the other day with the release of a video trailer. Today Com returns with the full record, which is the third release thus far off the G.O.O.D. rapper's upcoming album Nobody's Smiling.
Dreezy Feat. Common & Ross Augusta
Dreezy is making noise in Chicago, and pretty soon she'll be making plenty of noise outside of the Chi too. We're introducing you to the singer-slash-rapper today with a brand new collaboration with fellow Chicago native Common and Ross Augusta, the latter of whom she worked with a lot on her Schizo mixtape.
Wale Feat. Rick Ross & Common
Rick Ross just took to Twitter to offer up this new remix of Wale's "Sunshine", a standout track from his latest studio album The Gifted featuring new verses from Common and the MMG bossman himself. How's it compare to the original, though?