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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
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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…
Stereogum | December 14, 2015 - 2:38 pm
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21 Covers Of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Rated

There's a paradox with some artists -- the legends who stand apart from so much of pop music history in such a way that would…
Ryan Leas | September 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm
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Ice Cube & Common Squash Ancient Beef On “Real People”

Once upon a time, Ice Cube and Common did not like each other. Cube perceived some of the lines on Common's canonical 1994 song "I…
Tom Breihan | March 24, 2016 - 2:55 pm
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Grammys 2016: Winners List

The 2016 Grammys are officially underway. We'll be updating this post with the winners as they're announced throughout the night. Winners will appear in bold.
Collin Robinson | February 15, 2016 - 3:29 pm
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Lil Bibby – “Speak To Em” (Feat. Common)

A couple of generations of Chicago rap come together on the new track "Speak To Em." Lil Bibby is a leading light of Chicago's booming,…
Tom Breihan | November 18, 2015 - 9:41 am

Common Cast As Villain In John Wick 2

Keanu Reeves starred in the beloved 2014 action film John Wick, in which he plays a dog-loving former hit man forced back into a life…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 27, 2015 - 10:39 am
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Watch Sting Perform Police Songs With Common At Global Citizen Fest

Yesterday's Chris Martin-curated charity concert Global Citizen Fest led to a number of surprise all-star collaborations. Ariana Grande joined Coldplay onstage to sing "Just A
Peter Helman | September 27, 2015 - 12:35 pm

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
James Rettig | May 26, 2015 - 9:07 pm
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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…
James Rettig | April 18, 2015 - 12:48 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | April 10, 2015 - 10:42 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | April 1, 2015 - 12:11 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2015 - 10:52 am
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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…
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!
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm
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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…
James Rettig | February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm
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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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2015 - 9:06 am
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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…
James Rettig | January 11, 2015 - 8:54 pm
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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…
James Rettig | January 6, 2015 - 10:07 am
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