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Azealia Banks To Star In 8 Mile-Style Rap Drama Directed By RZA

Add “actress” to Azealia Banks’ résumé of rapper, singer, and professional shit-talker. The Hollywood Reporter says that Banks has been tapped to star in It Doesn’t Have To Rhyme, which they describe as being “similar in tone to 8 Mile.” The film will be directed by RZA, who made his directorial debut in 2012 with… More »

By: James Rettig / May 26, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Livestream The Global Citizen Earth Day Concert Feat. No Doubt, My Morning Jacket, Mary J. Blige

The Global Citizen Earth Day rally is taking place today on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to draw awareness to the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and to put pressure on the upcoming meetings of the World Banks and the IMF to enact climate change reform. The big event of the day is a… More »

By: James Rettig / April 18, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Spike Lee Allegedly Wants Kanye West And Common For His Next Movie, Chiraq

Spike Lee is partnering with Amazon Studios to make a movie called Chiraq — presumably about Chicago’s heavily reported gun violence problem — and that in itself is intriguing. Even more so is the news, via The Wrap, that Lee is looking to cast Chicago natives Kanye West and Common in the movie alongside Samuel… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

School Cancels Common’s Commencement Speech After Police Complain

Common has built a multiple-decade rap career, thanks in part to his warm, humane, politically motivated lyrics. In the past few months, he’s won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for “Glory,” the song he and John Legend contributed to the Martin Luther King biopic Selma. (Common also acted in Selma.) He’s performed at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015 - 12:11 pm

The Week In Rap: Kanye West Murders The Brits

Last week, for the third time ever, a rapper won an Oscar. And for the first of those three times, it didn’t feel like a fluke. The first rapper to win was Eminem, who would’ve taken home the trophy for “Lose Yourself” in 2003 if he’d bothered to show up. That was the Academy acknowledging… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 10:52 am

Watch John Legend And Common Perform Best Original Song Winner “Glory” At The Oscars

John Legend and Common gave a rousing performance of their Selma soundtrack contribution “Glory” at last night’s Oscars ceremony. They were backed by a gospel choir, who occupied a stage that was set up as a recreation of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of Bloody Sunday during the Selma to Montgomery marches. Later i… More »

By: James Rettig / February 23, 2015 - 9:02 am

Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

Hey, it’s over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn’t win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos

As exciting (?) as Music’s Biggest Night™ itself is, the real treasures are the countless GIFs, videos, tweets, memes, and other ephemera that will survive on the internet long after the ceremony is over. For those of you watching live, playing catch up, or examining the ruins of our civilization long after we’re all gone,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Beck Will Perform With Chris Martin At The Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, and we already know that host LL Cool Jay (cue a collective groan) will not be the show’s main attraction, nor will it be the winning results. Most of us watch the Grammys for the insanely over-produced performances and incredulous conversation fodder. We already know that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am

Tegan And Sara, The Lonely Island, John Legend, Common Nominated For Oscars

As I’m writing this, the Oscar nominees are coming out and hitting the newswire, and the big story seems to be Selma getting shut out from many of the major categories. But this is a music site, so we’ll focus on what’s happening musically. In the always-contentious Best Original Song category, the Oscar voters are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2015 - 9:06 am

John Legend And Common Win Best Original Song Golden Globe, Jóhann Jóhannsson Wins Best Score

John Legend and Common won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song tonight for their song “Glory,” which appeared in the movie Selma. They beat out a field that included Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Patti Smith, and Sia. Prince presented the award. Earlier tonight, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Gone Girl score lost out… More »

By: James Rettig / January 11, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Common’s Reality Show About Furniture Premieres Tonight

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Common? Rapper? Actor? Grammy Award winner? Furniture connoisseur? If you guessed all of the above, you technically wouldn’t be wrong! Common is hosting and serving as a judge on Spike TV’s new reality competition series, Framework, which premieres tonight. The series will feature… More »

By: James Rettig / January 6, 2015 - 10:07 am

Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Trent Reznor, Patti Smith Nominated For Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for next year’s Golden Globe awards this morning, and the nominees, especially in the musical categories, include a few people who are very familiar in this particular corner of the internet. In the Best Original Song category, three of our best, weirdest female pop stars are u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Early Speculation For Best Song Oscar Focused On Coldplay, The Lonely Island, Gregg Alexander, Patti Smith

The Oscars take place in about four months, so of course speculation as to who is going to get nominated and eventually take home the big prize has already begun. Early predictions for Best Original Song — which, along with Best Original Score, is the only one we really care about — have focused o… More »

By: James Rettig / October 28, 2014 - 10:43 am

Lil Herb – “Fight Or Flight (Remix)” (Feat. Common & Chance The Rapper) Video

The young Chicago hardass Lil Herb got two generations of his hometown’s rap eminences to guest on the remix to “Fight Or Flight,” a standout track from his great Welcome To Fazoland video. In the remix’s new video, Common and Chance The Rapper join Herb in ambling around the decaying South Side of Chicago, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Watch Common, Vince Staples, & Jay Electronica Pay Tribute To Mike Brown At The BET Hip-Hop Awards

Last night, BET held its annual Hip-Hop Awards show, broadcasting from Atlanta with Snoop Dogg hosting. As usual, the big news items weren’t the actual awards — nobody really cares who won what — but the performances. In the night’s most dramatic moment, Common, Vince Staples, and Jay Electronica performed a remix of Common’s track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 10:05 am

Watch Kanye Perform With Common In Surprise AAHH! Fest Appearance

UPDATE: Here’s the full set. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 22, 2014 - 11:06 am

The 11 Most Awkward Moments From The 2014 VMAs

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards had their moments, particularly Beyoncé’s show-stopping finale, Charli XCX’s killer run through “Boom Clap” on the pre-show, and Sam Smith’s impressive take on “Stay With Me” (after an introduction from his friend Kim Kardashian West, no less). Also, shout out to Miley Cyrus for turning over her Video Of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 25, 2014 - 11:07 am

Common – “Kingdom” (Feat. Vince Staples)

After being quiet for a long time following 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer, Chicago rapper Common has been making some rumblings in the past few months in preparation for his new album Nobody Smiling. At the beginning of the year, he shared “War” and “Made In Black America” in quick succession but “Kingdom” is his first… More »

By: James Rettig / May 31, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Big Boi, Common, Wale To Appear On HBO’s Game Of Thrones Mixtape

HBO’s Game Of Thrones takes on an unlikely hip-hop edge with a mixtape that will feature tracks by Big Boi, Common, and Wale. The mixtape, fittingly titled Catch The Throne, will be released in honor of the show’s season four premiere. The tracks are expected to be posted Friday on Soundcloud. Watch the promo for… More »

By: Taylor Law / March 5, 2014 - 2:24 pm
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