Common Expands His Musical Horizons

Richard Harrington of The Washington Post caught up with to talk about how ‘Electric Circus’ has seen him move to a more experimental, multilayered meld of hip-hop and psychedelic rock, thanks to his discovery of psychedelic rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. “I grew up amongst black culture where there wasn’t a lot of rock music being played,” Common points out. “The popular rock songs I would get a hold of, but my cousin used to play Jimi Hendrix, and I wasn’t liking it — I would walk out of the room! I just couldn’t get into the music until I got to a certain point and friends of mine played me the music and then I started hearing it, started really digging into it. But I had definitely tuned it out at a certain point.”

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