Common expects to release his very first mixtape in May, with features from Lupe Fiasco and production by Hit-Boy and Travis Scott.
Common hasn't done very much musically in the last little while. Besides a short-lived Drake beef, the Chicago rapper has been focusing on his acting career as of late, with starring roles in the new film "LUV", as well as AMC's new historical drama, "Hell On Wheels". He was even noticeably absent on all but one track on last year's GOOD Music compilation, Cruel Summer. There's no telling whether this was a result of Common's busy schedule, or if it was mainly due to the presence of notoriously picky overseer Kanye West, but the good news is Common should be dropping his own project this spring.
Despite Common's verteran status in hip hop, this new project will mark his very first foray into the mixtape game. Common promises to keep longtime fans happy, as he announced his career-spanning collaborator No I.D. will have some credits on the tape. Further experimenting with new territory, Common says he's also got "some of the young dudes" handling the instrumentals.
The up and coming beatmakers he's planning to work with are mostly crew-affiliated. Common mentions "this guy Travis Scott who we work with on GOOD Music", as well as announcing that he's "definitely gonna mess with Hit-Boy on some stuff". The legendary emcee also mentioned that he'd be working with some people outside of the GOOD umbrella. "I might do something with Lupe too" he revealed.
The mixtape is still without a title or release date. Common says he's still "letting the ideas come together", but you can expect the project to drop sometime in May.
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