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DJ Aktive – “The City” feat. Common x Freeway x Bri Steves x DJ Jazzy Jeff (Video)

When the music is dope, shouldn’t the animation be? Absolut… wait WHAT? Yes! The animated accompaniment for DJ Aktive’s jawn (“The City”) is very dopely animated. reat feel to it. Feels like real Hip-Hop, esp. with Common, Freeway, Bri Steves, and DJ Jazzy Jeff on there!

Off “The Tour” (out now).


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Watch Common “Rate The Bars” (Video)

Hmm… You’d think Common would be a ‘tough room’ when it comes to being impressed by the bars. And if you think that will be the case on this ep of “Rate The Bars”… Well… just watch.

Common comes through to rate bars from Black Thought, Kanye West and more!
– BETNetworks

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Common – “Hercules” (Episode 2) feat. Swizz Beatz [Video]

Oh. They got an Episode 2 to this. Common. Getting busy. High concept black and white visuals for the banger with that Swizzy bounciness and signature overdub chanting.



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Common & Ray Wimley Freestyle At Essence Fest (Video)

Have you seen this yet? So DOPE!!

A true off-the-top rhyme experience! How rare is that nowadays? Very. And Common walking by AND JOINING IN?? Very VERY very rare… like pandas pooping four leaf clovers rare.

I was riding down the street a few years ago in New Orleans an ran across this dope street musician named Ray Wimley. What caught my attention was that he was really and truly freestyling! And he was GOOD! So this year at Essence Fest our paths crossed again but this time I joined in. I’m telling y’all right now, he’s special!

The art of freestyling at its finest with Ray Wimley.

Here’s the full video of me rocking with Ray in a real random freestyle cypher.


So, can we rock?


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Common – “Tim Westwood Freestyle” (Video)

Common going EVERYWHERE! Westwood got him, and got a freestyle up out of him. DOPE! This is Hip-Hop… Com considers no mic ‘beneath’ or ‘beyond’ him. He will bless that. Witness him spitting his ‘isms to the rhythms.

The legend Common going in hard with a hot freestyle on Westwood’s show on Capital XTRA!


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Common – “Hercules” feat. Swizz Beatz (Video)


“Let Love” win the day… Love for the people and the ‘hood… and sticking up for the bro working the corner store in the ‘hood. Common stepped up as a hero with the power of “Hercules” (with Swizz amping him on the soundtrack to this mini-movie). Empowering the sista and the brotha to help stop the othas from heisting and getting away with it.

A scene reminiscent of the Prince Akeem and Semmi takedown of Samuel Jackson’s character trying to rob McDowell’s in “Coming To America” (updated, just as cool though)!



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Common | The L.A. Leakers | Freestyle #081 (Video)


Common jumped this freestyle off legit… off the top of the dome for The L.A. Leakers. He said he wanted to come up there a year ago. Well, he’s here now… Showed up to show and prove… that he still loves ‘her’… One time for Hip-Hop!!


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Common – “HER Love” feat. Daniel Caesar (Video)

When can you drop a sequel to a timeless classic? Whenever the classic’s followup is classy itself, whenever you are Common and, it follows, whenever you are good and ready.

So… you ready? Because Common and Daniel Caesar are. Peep the video for “HER Love” they dropped above. Look out below for the linked audio. “I Used To Love HER” for real… And we still do. So much more that we have this sequel to rock to, too!

(Shout to Dwele in there, too.)



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Common Speaks On Life Lessons On Love & On His New Book, “Let Love Have The Last Word” (Video)

Putting love, forgiveness, and positive energy into practice… that real work… That’s how we can save the world! Common is speaking on it, y’all!

Fresh off the release of his memoir, “Let Love Have The Last Word,” Common reveals his addiction to love and goes into more detail about his molestation as a child. The rapper also reveals relationship advice about settling down that he received from former first lady Michelle Obama.
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Common x The Sesame Street Muppets – “Respect” (Give It, Live It) [Video]

Usually only get Sesame Street infused with Hip-Hop when YouTubers take it upon themselves to do their own mashups. But this is cool. Push down that urge to judge it as corny and get the message and where it is aimed: Children (and parents) need this plain & simple direct messaging on RESPECT.

Messaging and respect. That’s as Hip-Hop as it gets, folks. Kudos to Common and all the Muppets on the Street for representing good values.

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Storm Reid & Common Help Tell An Uncommon Story In “A Happening of Monumental Proportions” (Trailer)

The plotline aside, the cast attached to the story that Storm Reid and Common are set to tell…Wow. Just saying, the Happening of having to do a school Career Day talk having just LOST the job; all by itself is good film fodder. But that is nowhere near all the hijinx driving this comedy! Then toss in actors ranging from Jennifer Garner to Rob Riggle to Keanu Reeves??

Watch the trailer. Get ready to chomp popcorn and chuckle for a while.

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“The Hate U Give” Shows How Hard It Is To Do Right When It All Goes Wrong (Trailer)

Halfway through watching this, you might have your mind made up as to whether or not Starr (with two r’s) should speak up… but keep watching. You KNOW it is not that cut-and-dry, and this trailer bears that out. Looks like a good flick to catch. In Theaters October 19, 2018.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly Black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.
– 20th Century Fox

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August Greene – “Optimistic” feat. Brandy

A better day tomorrow will bring.

Know what though? That better day can be today. Draw energy and inspiration from this jazzy “Optimistic” track by August Greene (featuring Brandy). Oh, by the way, for those not yet knowing, August Greene is actually a trio of artists – Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. Nice!


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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)


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Robert Glasper – “The Cross” feat. Lianne La Havas x Common

If Jesus died on the cross why I gotta carry it?

Wow. The mark of good instrumentation… the levels to which it pushes accompanying vocalization. Like, just LISTEN to what that music Robert Glasper put down for “The Cross” pulls out of Lianne La Havas and Common. The singing. The lyrics!

Might have to watch that “Burning Sands” this weekend just because of this.

This song was written by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, and Common for the film “Burning Sands” on Netflix now!


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Go In-Depth With ‘Common’ and ‘Serena Williams’ On ESPN’s “The Undefeated” (Video)

Quick! When you conjure up a visual of a dude sitting down to talk to his ex, what do you think? Cringeworthy viewing, right? Well, nah. Kind of a trick question if you aren’t told that it’s the renaissance revolutionary cool rapper Common. And his ex? Oh that’s super sexy tennis star Serena Williams. Much better imagery in your mind now, of course.

On this ESPN’s The Undefeated: In-DepthSerena and Common… speaking on fame, sports, and race and gender issues. Start above and continue after the jump.

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Common Speaks On His New Album, Being Cool With His Exes, The Presidential Election and More (Video)

Common lives at a level of cool to which we should all aspire: Supreme rhyme skills, ladies on his arm and in his past with looks that kill (in or out of heels), showing love & respect to all and getting it back… and now the coolest thing… his new album and promo push timed in such a way to help his people and country. “Black America Again” is conscious music with that good head nod appeal. His promotional interviews with have your head nodding in approval, too.

Watch him above talking about his longevity and being re-energized by what’s going on in the rap game now, being cool with his exes (which include Erykah Badu & Serena Williams…WOW), President Obama and his legacy and so much more.

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Common – “Black America Again” feat. Stevie Wonder (Video)

Common’s been pushing “Black America Again” – his timely released socially ‘woke’ LP that just came out. Common can’t do it any other way than big; evidenced by this short film… not video, but short film… for the title track; executive produced by Ava DuVernay and directed by “Selma” cinematographer Bradford Young. And yeah, you see the Stevie Wonder feature (in other words, BIG)!


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Common – “Pyramids”


ODB sample for the hook though…NICE! New Common dopeness entitled “Pyramids.” Check it out, and follow the link below to his “Black America Again” album.


Common – “Black America Again” feat. Stevie Wonder (Prod. Karriem Riggins x Robert Glasper) [Video]

Music video for “Black America Again” – the title track of Common’s album. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper. Featuring Stevie Wonder. With Esperanza Spalding on bass. With Scratches by J Rock. With Patrick Warren on strings. With ad libs by Chuck D and MC Lyte.

With the most unpalatable dose of truths delivered in a Hip-Hop suspension. Damn. Just as the start of the video forces us to relive the killing of Alton Sterling and opens the wound, Common drops in a cauterizing truth… that we have to stop killing each other, too. THEN through more lyricism, audio samples from Black noteworthies, and that driving beat, Common continues the uncomfortable conversation and intervention.

Moving. Powerful. Like Hip-Hop is supposed to be. A Golden Era vet utilizing rap as the voice of the culture it was meant to be. Here’s the emotional lineup: You will start with your eyes on the screen, then they will water, you’ll raise a hand to wipe them away, ball it into a fist as the hand lowers, nod in agreement with the music AND message, then RAISE YOUR FIST at the end.


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