Watch The Trailer For BET Special "Barack Obama's Block Party"
Last month, Barack Obama hosted an event at the White House called "BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration." "Everyone there was black and it was beautiful," Dave Chappelle said of the event.
Common "Black America Again" Short Film
Fresh off the release of his eleventh studio album, Common decides to come through today and share a new short film in its support named after itself called “Black America Again.” Running 21-minutes in length, the powerful new video pays tribute to Freddie Gray and finds Common spitting his rhymes in the streets of Chicago, while taking viewers on a visual tour of the Windy City in the process. Check it all out above.
Common: "People Of Color, We Got To Celebrate Who We Are"
Common stopped by The Breakfast Club this morning to talk about his forthcoming album Black America Again, which he described as a "call to action."
Common & BJ The Chicago Kid Perform "Black America Again" On Jimmy Fallon
Common Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
To promote his upcoming Black America Again album, which arrives next Friday, Common made his way by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday & served as the evening’s musical guest. Backed by some violen players & Questlove on the drums, the legendary Chicago emcee decided to bring out fellow hometown singer, BJ The Chicago Kid, & the two performed the album’s title track “Black America Again.” Check out the powerful performance above.
Live Stream Tidal X 10/15 Concert Featuring Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, T.I., & More
Tidal is hosting its second annual benefit concert in Brooklyn tonight, Saturday, October 15th.
Common Feat. Stevie Wonder "Black America Again" Video
Common Feat. Stevie Wonder
Common's new video "Black America Again" begins with footage of the Alton Sterling that sets the tone for a montage of weeping black Americans. Common communicates urgency in his lament for the cycle of violence and oppression that plagues Black America. "Trayvon will never get to be an older man / Black children, their childhood stole from them," he raps. The song's all-star behind the scenes cast that includes production by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper, bass by Esperanza Spalding, and ad-libs by Chuck D and MC Lyte.
Common & Gregory Porter "Running (Refugee Song)" Video
Common & Gregory Porter
Several artists have used their platform recently to raise awareness for the 60 million refugees who have been displaced around the globe. M.I.A.'s "Borders" and Pharrell's "Freedom" have been particularly arresting visuals that shed insight into the plight of refugees.
Common Freestyles On Sway In The Morning
Common made his way by Sway’s Morning Show on Tuesday and was asked to bless the listeners to a freestyle live on air, which he of course slayed per usual.
Common & Malik Yusef "Trouble In The Water" Video
Common & Malik Yusef
To celebrate Earth Day today, Common & Malik Yusef teamed up for a powerful new video called “Trouble In The Water” featuring Kumasi.
Ice Cube & Common Perform "Real People" On Jimmy Fallon
Ice Cube & Common
The promotion for "Barbershop: The Next Cut" has been in full swing. Following Common and Ice Cube's Good Morning America visit to promote the movie, which also stars Nicki Minaj, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tyga and more, the two rappers-slash-actors headed to Jimmy Fallon. Last night Cube and Common were the musical guests on Fallon, where they performed the funky, feel-good number, "Real People," off the film's soundtrack. They were backed by The Roots, who also helped on the vocal tip, creating quite an impressive performance. Watch it above.
Ice Cube & Common "Real People" Video
Ice Cube & Common
Ice Cube and Common were once immersed in a bitter beef. But eventually, they realized that they were both just "Real People" trying to be happy. And so the beef ended, and they recorded a song about it for the Barbershop 3: The Next Cut official soundtrack. “Me and that nigga, yeah we used to bring the funk/Now we got love and respect like a monk."
Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Common, & More Read "Mean Tweets" On Jimmy Kimmel
It’s that time of the year again. After the airing of Monday night’s Grammy’s, Jimmy Kimmel’s third annual “mean tweets” segment was aired, this time again featuring Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Rita ORa, Common, and more. And as expected, it was absolutely hilarious.
The New "Barbershop: The Next Cut" Trailer Gives Us More Nicki Minaj & Common
Nicki Minaj & Common
Barbershop: The Next Cut is officially on its way, and while we've already seen a trailer for the upcoming third installment in the series, a brand new on has appeared today, complete with some unseen clips from the film. There's more Common and Nicki Minaj this time around, with Nicki getting into a speech about Beyonce hairstyles at one point. The movie also stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall, JB Smoove, and more, and from the looks of it, should recapture the magic of the first two films. Look out for it on April 15.
Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Common, & Tyga Star In "Barbershop 3" Trailer
Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, Tyga & Common
After releasing photo stills from "Barbershop: The Next Cut" on Monday, Warner Brothers dropped the first official trailer yesterday.
The Twilite Tone Feat. Common, Lil Herb, King Louie, Saba "Put The Guns Down" Video
The Twilite Tone Feat. Common, G Herbo, King Louie & Saba
When Chief Keef affiliate Capo was shot and killed this summer, the attackers inadvertently ran over and killed a 1-year-old in a stroller as they fled the scene. It was a sequence of events that succinctly encapsulated Chicago's current gun violence epidemic, something a group of Chicago MCs is hoping to combat with a new video "Put the Guns Down."
Common Brings Out Foxy Brown At The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Common & Foxy Brown
The 11th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival went down this weekend in Williamsburg, featuring such acts as Mobb Deep, Freeway, Charles Hamilton, & Skyzoo. Common closed things out with a raucous set of hits old and new, and he even brought out Foxy Brown for good measure. Dressed in a revealing platinum silver dress, Foxy rapped her verse from Jay Z's "Ain't No Nigga" with moderate accuracy and great enthusiasm.
Common Stars In "Every Secret Thing" Movie Trailer
Common has been pretty good at balancing music and film over the last few years. While many rappers who find success in Hollywood end up leaning a little to heavily into the acting world and taking a hiatus from rap, Common earned himself a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, and won an Oscar for Best Original Song last year.
Common & John Legend Have A Lip Sync Battle
As they proved with their performance of "Glory" at the Grammys this year, Common and John Legend are masters of powerful, moving live shows. However, they're also not afraid to ham it up every now and then, as they prove with this new lip sync battle hosted by LL Cool J.
Common On Ebro In The Morning
Common recently made his way by the Hot 97 studios and sat down with the gang of Ebro in the Morning for a little exclusive chat. Talking with Ebro, Rosenberg and Laura Stylez, Common spoke on a plethora of things going on in his life right now, including his moving Oscar performance with John Legend and everyone’s reaction to it, wanting to do Broadway, not changing his name from Common, 'Selma' not winning Best Picture, talking to Historical leaders during the making of the film, and much much more.
Common Talks About Leaving Oprah Hanging At Oscars
Common paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel last night, and Jimmy put him on blast for leaving Oprah hanging at the Oscars. Com and John Legend took home an Oscar for their contribution to the film "Selma," the song "Glory," and when he went up to accept the award, Oprah excitedly put her hand up to give him a high five. Although it looks like Common is gunna go for it for a second, he ends up sidetracking her for someone else, leaving John Legend to pick up the slack and give Oprah the high five.