WMG hosted a BET Awards after party on Sunday (July 1), presented by Coke Zero, Smart Water and Crown Royal Black at at Cecconi’s in Los Angeles. Among the attendees were Rick Ross, Common, Wale, Stalley, Meek Mill, Kirko Bangz, Gunplay, Jahill Beats, Brianna Perry, D-Nice and Diggy Simmons. Check out the images of the attendees after the cut. (more…)
Downtown Julie Brown of ‘The Music Insider’ caught up with Common in an interview that aired December 15th. Tune in to Billboard.com every Thursday at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT to watch live. The rapper talked about his ‘Ghetto Dreams’ and ‘Blue Sky’ tracks, off his just released album ‘The Dreamer/The Believer’, what fans should expect off the LP, the Occupy Wall Street protests, his character on ‘Hell on Wheels’, and more.
“What you will receive on that album is really the core and the pulse of what hip hop is,” Common explained. “You get that spirit with just new fresh sound and new music. It’s a soulful thing. It’s songs that deal with everything from love to me telling the story about being at a party and trying to talk to a girl and this guy confronts me and the trouble that that brings.”
Watch the ‘TMI’ interview via YouTube below.
Common is out with the music video to his new single ‘Sweet’, off the Chicago, Illinois rapper’s ninth studio album ‘The Dreamer/The Believer’, out now on Warner Bros / Think Common Music. ‘Sweet’ was shot in Haiti. Watch it via YouTube below.
Talib Kweli stopped by the CBSNews.com “What’s Trending” set to talk about his Twitter battle with Fox News over Common’s invite to the White House, the death of Cali Swag District rapper M-Bone, and the future of hip hop. “The classification of Common as an artist as a thug or some sort of vile rapper hit close to home for me, because Common is a friend,” Talib said. “He’s a friend of my family, and our music is very similar in terms of content, in terms of style, in terms of passion. For Common to be called a thug because he made a song about Assata Shakur, sort of stripped some of his dignity and disrespected his family, and strips him of his rights as an artist, and it’s just plain and dead wrong. This is a clear act of lying.”
Video at CBSNews.com has since been removed.
Actor and rapper Nick Cannon appeared on Fox Business to debate Common’s appearance at the White House, which Nick says has been “silly”. “I just feel Common is being falsely accused for some song,” Cannon said about his friend. “I mean Common has made some of the most enlightening and even, he has a pro-life record that he did with Lauryn Hill that no one even [talks about].” He also talked about being a father after his wife Mariah Carey gave birth to twins. Watch the interview below.
Gatorade created ‘Replay’ to restage classic games that ended in controversy, offering athletes a second chance for redemption. The third season of ‘Relay’ is airing on Fox Sports Net and features two South Side Chicago high school basketball teams – so Chicago natives Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and No I.D. collaborated to record the track, ‘We Can Do It Now’, an ode to their hometown in celebration of the popular series. Watch a video for the song via YouTube below.
(RED) just announced the launch of a new multimedia campaign that will include a new film directed by Lance Bangs and executive produced by Spike Jonze. The documentary is called ‘The Lazarus Effect’ and borrows its name from the transformation of people infected with HIV/AIDS when given access to antiretroviral medicine. It will premiere on May 24th on HBO at 9pmET/8c, YouTube and Channel 4 in the UK. Check out a new video kicking off The Lazarus Effect Campaign, which features Common, Gwen Stefani, Bono, Ludacris, and more below.
Kid Cudi is out with the video to his new single ‘Make Her Say’, featuring Kanye West and Common, off the Cleveland rapper’s debut album ‘Man on the Moon: The End of Day’, out September 15th via G.O.O.D. Music. Watch the Nez Khammal directed split screen video below the cut. (more…)
Common pays homage to Nas and to New York while being driven from Brooklyn to Manhattan. “For me personally I’m excited just to do film, to be a part of the Terminator that’s coming out,” the rapper told Nylon magazine. “‘Terminator Salvation’, and to get this production company going. Really to do some more recording, but mostly I’m excited just to be happy and enjoying life.” Watch via YouTube below.
Director McG and star Common talk about shooting ‘Terminator Salvation’, how music affects Common’s performance, and what basketball player McG resembles most. Watch the pair interviewing each other via MySpace below.