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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New Music: Common f/ Cocaine 80s – ‘Congratulations’


Common and Cocaine 80s link up once again on “Congratulations,” produced by No I.D. As his best friend gets ready to walk down the aisle, the Chicago MC takes a walk down memory lane. All kinds of thoughts race through his mind as he stands at the altar. He can’t stop looking at the bride, but we soon learn that their relationship may have been more than platonic.

“As we approach wedding season, here’s sum new music from me w/ a twist,” said Common.

Hear him come clean with his wedding day confessions.

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New Music: Big Sean f/ Common – ‘Switch Up’

Switch Up

Big Sean stays true to his roots on his brand new song “Switch Up.” The Detroit MC teams with his G.O.O.D. Music brother Common on the young, fly, and flashy banger, produced by Million $ Mano, No I.D., and Rob Kinelski. Despite all the money, cars, and hos, he still reps for the same clique.

“This is for the ones that’s always riding with ya/ I ain’t switch up, no no I ain’t switch up,” he raps before Common spits a killer verse.

“This for everybody, who stayed real, stayed down reppin #FFOE #GOOD n everybody who stayed repping their own Team,” said Sean. “Through the good n bad times… Me n @Common was on here just having fun staying real.”

Sean was recently in the studio with Nicki Minaj. Hall of Fame is due this summer featuring collaborations with Miguel, Jhené Aiko, and Nas.

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Big Sean Celebrates 25th Birthday with Wiz Khalifa, Common, & Jhené Aiko

Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa

Big Sean received a big surprise on his 25th birthday. Over 100 of his closest friends and family toasted the G.O.O.D. Music MC at a private celebration hosted by Rémy Martin V at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Guests including Wiz Khalifa, Common, Jhené Aiko, No I.D., Naya Rivera, and Da Internz dined on a three-course menu including filet mignon, mashed potatoes, and crème brûlée. Even his parents and older brother Brett flew in for the party. The birthday boy was presented with a cake shaped like an adidas Superstar sneaker and lion chain.

Sean was genuinely surprised by the outpouring of love. “I really had no idea about this… I was at home sick as fuck n @nicole_lequerica got me there somehow… N it was an extravaganza waiting on me mane,” he tweeted.

He also received tons of birthday wishes on Twitter from his fans and friends including Nicki Minaj and Juicy J.

“Birthday Surprise party was insane,” said Sean after the celebration. “Family n Friends always win.”

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Common Talks ‘LUV,’ Obama, and G.O.O.D. Music on ’106 & Park’


Common the movie star paid a visit to “106 & Park” on Friday to promote his new film LUV. The rapper-turned-actor chatted with hosts Bow Wow and Paigion about his latest acting role, his early support for President Obama, performing at the White House (“It was turnt up”), and his G.O.O.D. Music family.

When asked which actor he’s learned the most from, he credited his American Gangster co-star Denzel Washington. “Part of it was the example he set of being on the set and conducting himself,” he said, while also acknowledging Morgan Freeman.

When it comes to G.O.O.D. Music, he has a great deal of admiration for his clique. “I get inspired ’cause they always write songs,” he said of Kanye, Pusha T, Big Sean, and the rest of the gang. “It’s good to be around talent like that and it’s fun.”

LUV is now open in select theaters. Common is also working on an EP, mixtape, and album for release this year.

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New Music: Cocaine 80s – ‘The Flower of Life’ [EP]

The Flower of Life

Cocaine 80s serves up a Sunday surprise with the release of its fourth EP, The Flower of Life. The 7 tracks include “Fly Ass Pisces” with Common and Jhené Aiko, plus contributions from James Fauntleroy and more. Hit the jump for the free download, which includes lyrics and Volume 1.

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New Music: Cocaine 80s f/ Common & Jhené Aiko – ‘Fly Ass Pisces’

Fly Ass Pisces

James Fauntleroy and Common soar to new heights on “Fly Ass Pisces,” their latest record off Cocaine 80s’ upcoming EP The Flower of Life. Jhené Aiko provides the ethereal hook, while Common shouts out Olympic Gold medalist Gabby Douglas. Get high off their supply.

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