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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

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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…
Al Shipley | December 14, 2015 - 2:38 pm

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Common Becomes The First Rapper To Win An Emmy, Grammy, And Oscar

This past weekend, Common accomplished an unprecedented feat when he notched an Emmy for his socially conscious track "Letter to the Free." After clinching his…
Carl Lamarre / Billboard | September 13, 2017 - 11:50 am

U2, Justin Timberlake, Ringo Starr, DJ Khaled, & Kelly Clarkson Appear On TV Special To “Rethink The Future Of American High Schools”

Basically every celebrity in the universe came together last night for EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live, a confusingly titled telecast from XQ Institute and…
Peter Helman | September 9, 2017 - 11:43 am

Jack White, Chance The Rapper, Common, Stranger Things Theme Nominated For Emmys

The Emmy Awards nominations are out, and a number of notable musicians are up for awards. Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and their associates are…
Chris DeVille | July 13, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Common, The National Playing DC Planned Parenthood Benefit

Common and the National are playing a benefit show called Show Up! in Washington DC on 1/19, the night before Inauguration Day. The concert is…
James Rettig | January 10, 2017 - 10:27 am

Preview The Simpsons’ “Hip-Hop Homie” Episode

The Simpsons will air its first one-hour episode this coming Sunday in which Homer becomes a rap mogul of sorts. The episode, titled ""The Great…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 9, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Common – “Letter To The Free” Video (Feat. Bilal & Andra Day)

Common recently dropped his stellar new album, Black America Again, and he's come with moving visuals for the project as well. We've already seen an…
Collin Robinson | December 14, 2016 - 6:05 pm

Here’s Snoop Dogg, RZA, & Common From The Simpsons’ Hip-Hop Great Gatsby Episode

A few months back, The Simpsons announced that they would be doing a hip-hop homage to The Great Gatsby. The cast of the two-part episode…
Collin Robinson | December 14, 2016 - 2:57 pm

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
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