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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

Sounding Board

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Covers

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

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

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

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

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

Status Ain't Hood

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

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

List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2014 - 10:05 am

Watch Kanye Perform With Common In Surprise AAHH! Fest Appearance

UPDATE: Here's the full set. …
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2014 - 11:06 am
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