Common

Feb
12
New Music: Common f/ Ab-Soul – ‘Made in Black America’

Made in Black America

Common puts some sense back in hip-hop with “Made in Black America,” his conscious collaboration with TDE’s Ab-Soul.

“I’m more than a hot song or a hot album / Ask my ex, I still live on like Malcolm,” raps the Chicago lyricist over the No I.D. production.

“This music is really inspiring me!” tweeted Common. “It was a pleasure watching @abdashsoul keep HipHop Alive!”

Just last month, Common dropped his call-to-action record “War” and is gearing up to release his 10th studio album Nobody Smiling, which will be executive produced by No I.D.

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Jan
6
New Music: Common – ‘War’

War

Just hours after announcing his new album Nobody Smiling, Common heads to the front lines on his new song “War.” The Chicago lyricist paints a picture of the violence in his hometown on the No I.D. production.

“To all the killas and the hundred dolla billas/ Real hittas who ain’t got no feelings,” raps Common over the marching beat.

He hopes that his “call-to-action” album, produced by No I.D., will bring about change.

Listen to his powerful words below.

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Jan
6
Common Announces New Album ‘Nobody Smiling’

Common

Common is turning the spotlight back on his music in 2014. The rapper-turned-actor has announced details surrounding his new album Nobody Smiling.

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May
15
Video: Elijah Blake f/ Common – ‘X.O.X.’

Elijah Blake

Elijah Blake can’t stop thinking about his ex in the emotional video for “X.O.X.” off his EP Bijoux 22. The singer-songwriter, who has written for Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, and Usher, seems happy with his new girl, but inside he’s torn. When he decides to tell his girl that he’s got feelings for his ex, she breaks down. See her shed tears as she learns the truth.

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May
14
New Music: Estelle f/ Common – ‘Victorious’

Estelle and Common

Common digs into the crates and unleashes “Victorious,” a previously unreleased collaboration with Estelle. The motivational song, produced by No I.D., was originally set to appear on Estelle’s 2011 album All of Me.

“That song makes you feel like you can fly off a balcony,” Estelle told Rap-Up TV. “This song is about saying we made our own way and we’re victorious. This is what we do.”

Get lifted with their triumphant tune.

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May
7
New Music Premiere: Common – ‘Fine China (Remix)’

Common

Following his remix to Jay-Z’s “Open Letter,” Common caters to the ladies with his remix to Chris Brown’s single “Fine China.” The Chi-town lyricist pays homage to the King of Pop with the reworked beat, mixed by DJ Dummy and 9th Wonder. The R&B jam switches up into a Michael Jackson breakdown midway while Common waxes poetic about a special lady.

Rap-Up.com has your first listen below.

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Apr
15
New Music: Common – ‘Open Letter, Part II’

Open Letter Pt. II

Common picks up where Jay-Z leaves off on “Open Letter,” dropping some knowledge on the Timbaland and Swizz Beatz production. The Chi-town rapper addresses the media, his controversial White House appearance (“Still with the Obamas I ride”), and more.

“Respect to JAY Z and anyone who stands up for the people,” tweeted Common.

Listen to his powerful verse below.

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