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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 »

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 »

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That&#8217… More »

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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
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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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: 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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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
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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
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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

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…
Chris DeVille | August 25, 2014 - 11:07 am
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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 month…
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,…
Taylor Law | March 5, 2014 - 2:24 pm
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