Common

Sep
6
Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson, & Ariana Grande Perform on ‘Stand Up to Cancer’

Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and Common

The stars came together for a good cause during the 4th biennial “Stand Up to Cancer” event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Friday. Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington, and Halle Berry took the stage to help raise money to end cancer during the one-hour telethon, which aired across multiple networks.

Ariana Grande performed her ballad “My Everything” in tribute to her grandfather, who passed away of cancer in July. “Sobbed my eyes out as soon as I got back. idk how he was just here & now he’s not & I’m singing a song in his honor. sucks a lot #fuckcancer,” she tweeted.

Lupe Fiasco closed out the show with Common and Jennifer Hudson. The Chicago natives banded together to perform their fighters’ anthem “Remission” for the first time.

Common was also spotted backstage doing the Nae Nae. “Stop before you hurt someone,” JHUD told him.

All the donations received go to support collaborative cancer research programs. You can join the fight by visiting standup2cancer.org.

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Aug
29
New Music: Lupe Fiasco f/ Jennifer Hudson & Common – ‘Remission’

Remission

Lupe Fiasco enlists fellow Chicagoans Jennifer Hudson and Common for “Remission,” the remix to his powerful anthem “Mission,” which was created to empower those facing cancer, celebrate survivors, and remember those lost to cancer-related illnesses.

“If I had a dollar for every time they counted me out / And my back was up against the wall / I could’ve died, but I came out fighting,” sings JHUD on the resilient hook.

The trio will perform the inspiring song for the first time during the “Stand Up To Cancer” telecast on Friday, September 5, at 8 p.m. It will be available at digital retailers following the performance, with all proceeds benefitting Stand Up To Cancer.

Hear “Remission” and go behind the scenes of their collaboration below.

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Jul
30
Common Scores Top 5 Debut

Common

Twenty years after the release of Resurrection, Common is still making waves on the charts with his latest album Nobody’s Smiling.

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Jul
25
Video: Common f/ Big Sean – ‘Diamonds’

Common and Big Sean

Common caps off his release week by dropping the black-and-white video for “Diamonds.” Shot in L.A., the artsy performance-based clip co-stars his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean.

“No matter what situation you gotta get to shining,” the Chicago MC told Rap-Up TV of the No I.D.-produced song. “I’m talking about shining for today, not waiting for tomorrow. You just gotta embody it now.”

In addition to Sean, Common’s album Nobody’s Smiling also features Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, and Vince Staples.

Watch them get their shine on.

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Jul
24
Common and Jhené Aiko Perform ‘Blak Majik’ on ‘Kimmel’

Jhené Aiko, Jimmy Kimmel, Common, and Vince Staples

In celebration of his album release, Common took over the outdoor stage on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday and brought along some special guests. The Chicago veteran got the crowd hype with “Blak Majik” featuring Jhené Aiko and was joined by Vince Staples for “Kingdom.”

His 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, which also features Big Sean and Cocaine 80s, is expected to sell 18-21,000 copies in its first week.

Watch Common perform with his friends.

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Jul
23
Rap-Up TV: Common Talks State of Hip-Hop, Praises Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj

With his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling in stores, Common sat down with Rap-Up TV for part two of our exclusive interview. A 20-year veteran himself, the Chi-town MC weighed in on the current state of hip-hop.

“I love hip-hop. I love where hip-hop is. There’s future in hip-hop,” he said. “You always have dark, light, quality, non-quality, but there’s some quality hip-hop out there.”

He singled out the TDE camp in particular. “I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul or Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.”

So can we expect a collaboration between him and the Compton MC? “Man, I would love to do a record with Kendrick,” said Common. “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone [...] from the new era of rap artists.”

He also praised Nicki Minaj’s Chicago-inspired record “Chi-Raq.” “I love that joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.”

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Jul
17
New Music: Common f/ Jhené Aiko – ‘Blak Majik’

Nobody's Smiling

After getting his shine on alongside Big Sean on “Diamonds,” Common makes “Blak Majik” with Jhené Aiko. Over a looping No I.D. sample, the Chi-town spitter name checks his ex Erykah Badu (“Who in the game had the baddest hoes?”) and puts on for the 312.

“I wanted to team up with [Jhené] and do a song that was fresh,” Common told Rap-Up TV. “I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing. It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough.”

He continued to praise the L.A. songstress. “Jhené Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” he said. “I think she has a unique voice in music, in culture. When I say unique voice, not only is it her singing voice, but her perspective, who she is, what she offers to the world is something that’s very, very special. It’s a soul to it. It’s a spirit to it.”

Due Tuesday, Common’s 10th album Nobody’s Smiling also features Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, and Vince Staples.

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