New Music: John Legend f/ Common – ‘Glory’

Common and John Legend

In the wake of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner non-indictments, John Legend cries out for “Glory.” The Grammy-winning crooner gives a voice to the movement on the gospel-soul number, which he penned for the Martin Luther King Jr. historical drama Selma. Common, who also stars in the film, raps about Rosa Parks and Ferguson on his poignant verses.

“50 years since Selma. Still marching. Listen to this song @common and I wrote for @SelmaMovie,” tweeted Legend, who also appears on Ludacris’ new single “In My Life.”

“Glory” is already igniting Oscar buzz, while Selma opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Listen to them march for “Glory.”

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Common Performs on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

Common and Queen Latifah

Before he kicks off his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour with Jay Electronica on November 21, Common paid a visit to his friend Queen Latifah on Friday. The Chicago MC sat down with his Just Wright co-star to discuss J Dilla’s legacy, being a ball boy for the Bulls, and playing Latifah’s husband on screen. The two even reenacted one romantic scene.

Common can be seen in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, which opens in select theaters on Christmas Day.

“It was really one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had as an actor to date,” he said.

Plus, he took the stage to perform his new single “Rewind That” off Nobody’s Smiling and broke into an impromptu duet with Latifah on “The Light.”

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Common and Jay Electronica Pay Tribute to Mike Brown at BET Hip-Hop Awards

Vince Staples, Jay Electronica, Mike Brown's parents, and Common

The most powerful moment of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 came courtesy of Common. The Chicago lyricist was joined by Jay Electronica, Vince Staples, and a choir while performing the remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.”

“We do this for the people, black people all around this country that go through the struggle,” said Common. “We do this for our lost soldiers, our fallen soldiers.”

At the end of the performance, he brought out the parents of Mike Brown. The crowd put their hands in the air and there was a moment of silence in remembrance of the unarmed black teen who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson.

Common’s peers praised his stirring set on social media. “Powerful moment on BET just now,” tweeted Trey Songz, while Estelle added, “Shouts to @common for powerful moment @ the bet hiphop awards. #MikeBrownlaw.”

Jay Electronica will join Common on his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour, which kicks off November 21 in Las Vegas.

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Common Announces ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Tour with Jay Electronica


Common is coming to a city near you this fall. The Chicago rapper will embark on the “Nobody’s Smiling” tour with special guest Jay Electronica.

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New Music: Common f/ Vince Staples & Jay Electronica – ‘Kingdom (Remix)’

Kingdom (Remix)

After debuting the song at AAAH! Fest in Chicago on Sunday, Common unites with Vince Staples and Jay Electronica on the all-powerful remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.” The conscious MCs preach for the streets on their enlightening verses.

“Rappers I gave birth to, shot at the god, blasphemy / Told these motherfu**ers they’ll never Jimmy Degrassi me,” raps Jay E.

Unlock the keys to the kingdom below.

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Common Brings Out Kanye West at AAHH! Fest

Kanye West and Common

Common put on for his city at AAHH! Fest 2014 in Chicago on Sunday. Fresh from his BET Hip-Hop Awards performance, the rapper took over Union Park for a star-studded concert featuring his fellow Chicagoans including Jennifer Hudson and Lupe Fiasco.

Dave Chappelle served as master of ceremonies, but it was surprise guest Kanye West who received the biggest response.

The G.O.O.D. Music chief performed “Get ‘Em High” with Common before running through a nearly 40-minute set of hits including “Jesus Walks,” “Touch the Sky,” and “POWER.”

Jay Electronica and Vince Staples also joined Common to debut the remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.”

The concert was organized by Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Donda’s House.

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New Music: MC Lyte f/ Common – ‘Dear John’

Dear John

MC Lyte steps back to the mic with her first album in 11 years, due later this year. The hip-hop trailblazer teams with Common and 10Beats on the Loudbox-produced first offering, “Dear John.”

The introspective song, which borrows lyrics from Puff Daddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins,” is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, the scholarship initiative of MC Lyte’s Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation.

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