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Music Video: Common “The Dreamer” Album Commentary

Music News: Common Clears Up Alleged Diss Towards Drake On “Sweet”

The Chi-town rapper addresses suspicions that he insulted Drizzy on his new cut.

On his cut “Sweet“ Common takes aimless shots at “soft” rappers, rhyming, “Y’all niggas man, y’all soft motherfuckers / Singing all around me man, la la la / You ain’t motherfucking Frank Sinatra / Uh, lil’ bitch / Sweet ass motherfucker.”

While many believed this was a diss directed at Drake, Common recently spoke with V103 Atlanta’s The Frank and Wanda Morning Show where he clarified the lyrics.

“Some people have been saying that, but on that song, I’m just talking about whoever the cap fits. I’m talking about rappers out there that’s soft and doing the same thing. So if the cap fits, then that’s who it is,” he said “That’s all it is. It’s whoever the cap fits, then let ‘em wear it. I think it’s a lot of creative artists out there. I think Drake makes some good music.”

Naming Kendrick Lamaar J.Cole and Lil Wayne as contemporaries whose music he enjoys, Com said anyone who catches feelings from the cut are the ones he’s dissing. “On the song ‘Sweet’ – which we did the video for, too, in Haiti, we just put that out – a lot of rappers may feel it. And if they feel it, then that’s who I’m talking about.”

Articles: Kanye West to be featured on remix to Common’s “Sweet”

Common assures us that he is still very much a part of GOOD Music. 

Despite recently signing with Warner Bros., and getting No ID to produce the entire project,Common wants us to know that he still in the GOOD Music family.

So much so, in fact, that Kanye West will be featured on a remix to “Sweet”, a No ID produced track that will appear on “The Dreamer The Believer” when it is released this winter.

In a recent interview with DJ Drama, Common confirmed this and went on to say that signing with Warner Bros. was more or less a business decision that did not necessarily impact any personal relationships with GOOD Music. He even says that West liked his new album. “He was happy that me and No ID connected,” Common said, “No ID introduced me to Kanye years ago.”

No ID is a heavy influence on the careers of both Kanye West and Common.

source: collegedj.net

Sports: Common and Derrick Rose Premiere The New Adidas adiZero Rose 2

Derrick Rose hooked up with Chicago rap star Common on Saturday in Chicago to celebrate the launch of his new adidas shoe, the adiZero Rose 2.
Rose signed autographs at a local Foot Locker and then headed to the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club for the “Run with D Rose” event.
Common and DRose were among the players who took part in a 3-on-3 tournament against Facebook fans.
Other notable rap figures in attendance included DJ Neil Armstrong, DJ Mick Boogie, and DJ Araab.

Article: Common Speaks On His Upcoming Album and More. . .

Common tapped Nas for his latest single “Ghetto Dreams,” but as previously reported, the duo has much more in store. Speaking with Hard Knock TV, Com Sense reiterated that their collaborative LP is still in the works and that it originated as a mixtape titled Nas (Dot) Com.

“At some point, we will do that. We’d talked about it and we had a good idea to call it Nas (Dot) Com. That was actually going to be a mixtape at one point,” he revealed. “But we decided that we should make it an album. And we will. Nas is working on his album right now and my album is coming, November 22nd.”

He also spoke on his current standing with G.O.O.D. Music, explaining that although his upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer won’t release on the label, he’s still part of the family.

“I’m still G.O.O.D Music affiliated, for sure. I’ll always be,” he said. “Me and ‘Ye, that’s my brother. I’m still part of the whole G.O.O.D. Music family. It’s not coming out through the G.O.O.D. Music label, but I’m still always associated. I’m still part of G.O.O.D. Music.”

Watch the full interview below, where he also speaks on working with No I.D., a potential Soulquarians album and more.

ARTICLES: Common Defends Lyrics

Common has a pretty good rapport when it comes to the ladies so some may be taken a back sby some of his lyrics on Ghetto Dreams where he states “I want a bitch that look good and cook good.”
Over the track produced by No I.D he says a few things that some might consider offensive but Common insist that, that is not the case.
He goes on to say that he was just trying to capture the mindset of someone with a “Hood mentality” that it is more of a third person point of view.
As mentioned in the lyrics this dream girl would be crazy enough to have sex in a backseat of a car smoke, drink, all the while carry a bible. “That says a lot about her,” Common reasoned. “She could get high, you might get high with her, she might drink, smoke a jay with her, but at the end of the day, she still got her Bible there.”
“I wrote it about someone in the neighborhood that got a dream of reaching a higher level and they’re in that process, and their woman is really like the correlation and the parallel and the symbol to that progress,” he said. “It was coming from me, but it was also the voice of many others.”

Article: Lost in the Common Controversy: The White House Celebrates Poetry by John Lundberg

f you heard about the White House poetry event this past Wednesday, you probably heard about it for the wrong reasons. The decision to invite hip-hop artist and actor Common to read poetry drew a surprising amount of furor from the right. Former Bush senior advisor Karl Rove and Fox News host Sean Hannity, among others, offered their in-depth analysis of Common’s lyrics, coming off like a couple of flustered freshmen in a poetry workshop. I suppose such strange distractions are to be expected in the weeks after your political enemy kills Osama bin Laden, but the Common silliness was unfortunate, as it tarnished what was otherwise a great day for poetry.

On Wednesday afternoon, Michelle Obama hosted a poetry workshop at the White House for 77 young poets who were flown to Washington for the event. The workshop featured former poets laureate Rita Dove and Billy Collins, and the inaugural poet (and friend of the President and First Lady) Elizabeth Alexander. The First Lady lauded the young poets for taking emotional risks and striving to connect, and she admitted that growing up, she leaned on her writing and was a bit of a poet herself. The professionals offered advice as well, most of it inspiring, and some more realistic, as when the always-entertaining Billy Collins quipped, “You shouldn’t worry about whether you’re good now. You probably aren’t that good, but you’ll get better. There is hope.”

The President hosted a poetry reading that night and owned up to publishing a couple of poems in his college literary magazine (which you can read here). He also spoke well about the power of poetry:

Everybody experiences it differently. There are no rules for what makes a great poem. Understanding it isn’t just about metaphor or meter. Instead, a great poem is one that resonates with us, that challenges us and that teaches us something about ourselves and the world that we live in. As Rita Dove says, ‘If [poetry] doesn’t affect you on some level that cannot be explained in words, then the poem hasn’t done its job.’
The reading (which you can watch here) featured an eclectic collection of poets, including the aforementioned Dove and Collins, singer Aimee Mann and spoken word poet Jill Scott, who was just “really geeked” to be there. In case you’re wondering, Common performed and did not attack America.

As the President put it, “poets have always played an important role in telling our American story.” It’s refreshing that, on Wednesday, he put the art form in the spotlight and let it speak.




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