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Can You Say Chi City? Chance The Rapper & Family Turning Chi-Raq Back Into Chicago

The first time anyone heard the term "Chiraq" was when Chicago drill rapper King L (then King Louie) dubbed his hometown Chiraq, Drillinois in 2009.
Collin Robinson | July 25, 2016 - 10:05 am

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Kendrick Lamar And Mainstream Rap’s Growing Conscience

Chicago drill spitter King Louie was shot in the head two weeks ago. His vehicle was riddled with 22 bullets total. Seven of them hit…
Collin Robinson | January 5, 2016 - 9:29 am

Essay

After Empire: What’s The Future Of Hip-Hop On Scripted Television?

The recent announcement that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson would be developing a single camera comedy called My Friend 50 for FOX was surprising for a…
Al Shipley | December 14, 2015 - 2:38 pm

More Common stories

Common – “Black America Again (Remix)” (Feat. Gucci Mane & Pusha T)

Common has now put Stevie Wonder and Gucci Mane on the same song, and that feels like a grand achievement. Recently, Common released his politically-engaged…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2016 - 12:39 pm

Watch Common’s Black America Again Short Film

Common's potent, timely new album Black America Again is out today. In tandem with the release of the album, the veteran Chicago MC has released…
Collin Robinson | November 4, 2016 - 4:34 pm

Watch Common Talk Working With Stevie Wonder, Auditioning For Ava DuVernay At Obama’s Birthday Party On Seth Meyers

Common was on late-night TV last week for a powerful performance of the title track to his new album, Black America Again, which comes out…
James Rettig | November 2, 2016 - 12:02 pm

Common – “Pyramids”

Chicago rap veteran Common is releasing his new album Black America Again on Friday. We've already heard the Stevie Wonder-assisted title track, the Bilal collabs…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2016 - 10:42 pm

Watch Common’s Powerful “Black America Again” Performance With BJ The Chicago Kid On Fallon

Common has a new album, Black America Again, coming out next week, and last night he went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to…
James Rettig | October 28, 2016 - 9:44 am

Premiere

Common – “Red Wine” (Feat. Syd & Elena)

Astute Chicago hip-hop veteran Common is set to release his 11th studio album Black America Again in less than two weeks. We've already heard the…
Collin Robinson | October 24, 2016 - 10:36 am

Common – “Joy And Peace” (Feat. Bilal)

Common's new LP, Black America Again, will be out in just two short weeks, and last night we heard a fresh single titled "Home," the…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 21, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Common – “Home” (Feat. Bilal)

Common's new album Black America Again is arriving in a couple of weeks. We've already heard the Stevie Wonder-featuring anti-police brutality title track, and now…
Peter Helman | October 20, 2016 - 7:55 pm

Common Co-Producing Sitcom About ’90s Rapper Struggling To Navigate Modern Life

Television has been going through something of a rap drama awakening in the last few years between Empire, The Get Down, and VH1's The Breaks,…
James Rettig | October 20, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Solange – “Cranes In The Sky” (Feat. Common)

"Cranes In The Sky" has become an early standout from Solange's marvelous new album, A Seat At The Table, and it's become one of the…
James Rettig | October 18, 2016 - 4:10 pm

Common – “Black America Again” (Feat. Stevie Wonder) Video

The issue of anti-black police violence remains terrifyingly, heartbreakingly present in American life today. And on a new song that features many, many talented artists…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2016 - 10:41 am

Tidal Confirms 1015 Charity Concert With Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, T.I.

Jay Z and Beyoncé will host the second annual Tidal X charity concert next month. Tidal X: 1015 will be held at Barclays Center in…
Collin Robinson | September 21, 2016 - 5:12 pm

Watch Beyoncé, Chance, Rihanna, Bono, & More In “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America” Video

The recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are still rightly receiving an outpour of reaction from celebrities, artists, and citizens alike. In the…
Collin Robinson | July 13, 2016 - 3:55 pm

Common Starring In Black Samurai TV Series

Windy City MC Common is pretty much equal parts rapper and actor these days, with the scales tipping more toward the latter now that he's…
Collin Robinson | June 17, 2016 - 3:25 pm
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