Common Feat. Syd & Elena
Common will releases his 11th studio album Black America Again on November 4th, and releases thus far. indicate that it might be one of the best albums of his career.
Joy And Peace
Common Feat. Bilal
Common's "Joy and Peace" begins with a pastor delivering a self-affirming sermon over a sure-footed, unhurried kick-and-snare groove layered with dazzling, frantic, and harmonically daring guitar. the groove continues, the sermon fades away and Common enters to argue that we should be hopeful and not despair. "Fuck Big Brother, father, mother, God is watching you," he raps. "Turn your light on," Bilal sings.
Common Feat. Bilal
If you watched Common's Tiny Desk Concert at the White House, you'll know that Bilal is all over his new material. After sharing "Letter To The Free," which features the accomplished soul singer, Common has now dropped another Bilal collab from his upcoming Black America Again album. "Home" features some sample-based boom bap that sounds in line with what Common's been doing since Resurrection. Like most of the material we've heard from him lately, the song covers issues of race and violence going on today.
Cranes In The Sky (Remix)
Solange Feat. Common
Common was so inspired by Solange's single "Cranes In The Sky," that he's decided to release an unofficial remix. The Chicago vet, who is currently prepping his 11th studio album Black America Again adds an emotional verse to the opening string section of the song.
Letter To The Free
Earlier today, Common shared some details on his forthcoming album Black America Again, which will be dropping on November 4th & feature guest appearances from BJ The Chicago Kid, John Legend, PJ (for two tracks), and Syd among others. Well in addition to this information, the Chicago veteran also released a new song in its support as well called “Letter To The Free” featuring Bilal.
Black America Again (Full Version)
Common Feat. Stevie Wonder
Common shared a politically-charged video for his single "Black America Again," earlier this week, which included the difficult-to-watch footage of Alton Sterling's shooting. In the song, Common addresses the race issues within America that have led to this type of injustice, but it turns out, there's more to the song, as Common has revealed with the release of the full 6-minute version today.
Common Feat. Marsha Ambrosius & PJ
Back in July, Common debuted a new song at the Essence Festival in New Orleans called “Lovestar,” which he revealed was the first song to arrive off his upcoming eleventh studio album. Well fast forward to today, and the official song has arrived, and it features songstress Marsha Ambrosius and rising LA singer PJ.
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.