Common Says It’s Tough For Midwest Acts To Connect

Common recently chatted with fans on and was asked why the acts in the midwest haven’t turned to each other to support one another and get on each others projects. “I think that we mentally support each other but it’s hard in the Midwest because there aren’t a lot of record labels out there,” he said. “There’s radio stations but you have to have a record that’s getting pushed by a major label. There isn’t a network as large as New York or Los Angeles. There has to be one in order for all of us to team up. In a perfect world everyone would be able to support each other but that ain’t going to happen. I do feel that artists from the Midwest relate to other artists from the Midwest and do want to see each other do well. We just don’t have a network to say that we’re all going to team up and make all these things happen with Midwest music.”

Common Humbled By Song’s Praise In ‘Brown Sugar’

Common tells that he was humbled that his song ‘I Used To Love H.E.R.’ was discussed with such high regard in the new film ‘Brown Sugar’. Common admits, “I got chills when I seen it in that Brown Sugar, how they was just like saying my lyrics. I’m like, ‘Dag. I wrote this at the crib, just sitting there thinking about this, and now they saying my rhyme in a movie.’ The movie was referring to ‘I Used To Love H.E.R.’ a lot.”

Common Makes A Surprise Visit To Hip Hop Contest

The Chicago Sun-Times reports during a weekly hip-hop competition held at Dr. Wax Records in Hyde Park’s Harper Court, rapper Common overheard the contest while eating at a nearby restaurant. Chicago native Common decided to check out the contest and spent a half-hour rapping with all comers, then signed autographs and hung around for quite a while.