Common is out with the video to his new single ‘Universal Mind Control’, featuring Pharrell Williams, off the Chicago rapper’s eighth album ‘Universal Mind Control’, out December 9th via G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen Records. Watch it below.
‘The Black August Hip Hop Project’, a documentary featuring appearances from Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and dead prez, strives to promote human rights though supporting and influencing the global development of Hip Hop culture. By facilitating exchanges between international communities where Hip Hop is a vital part of youth culture, they promote awareness about the social and political issues that affect our global communities. Their vision is to bring culture and politics together and to allow them to naturally evolve into a unique Hip Hop consciousness that informs our collective struggle for a more just, equitable and human world. This film documents this movement through a series of interviews and performances with hip hop artists and key members of the black activist movement. Watch the documentary’s trailer at YouTube.
In part five of his video journal, Common checked in from Los Angeles to talked about his style, becoming more computer aware, what he’s been doing since the beginning of the year, looking forward to working with Kanye West and Pharrell, and great things coming from his acting career. Watch the posting via YouTube below.
Common is out with the short film to the song ‘Testify’, featured on the Chicago hip hop artist’s 2005 album ‘Be’. The clip was directed by Anthony Mandler, produced by Boxfresh Pictures, and stars Taraji Henson, Wood Harris, Steve Harris, Kenny Burns and Kevin Black. Watch it at YouTube.
The New York Post reports tennis star Serena Williams was spotted at Tenjune last week at a party for her sister Venus holding hands and getting “very close” with rapper Common last week. An onlooker tells Page Six: “They were very friendly, arm-in-arm. She looked great. All night they were sitting together. They were keeping it cool, but you could tell Common likes himself some Serena. I asked a friend of his and was told they are dating.”
Maxim.com caught up with Common for a Q&A, asking the rapper, starring in the current release ‘American Gangster’, and asked the Chicago MC about why he’s branching off outside hip hop. “Every individual has their path,” he said. “I don’t care if you rap, it doesn’t mean you’ll be a good actor. If I try a singing career and I can’t sing, it ain’t gonna work. People have to find things that fit them and work well with them. For me, it’s about building a legacy and expressing myself as an artist and continuing to build a platform for me to make change in the world.” Read more.
Rap acts on television this week include:
Common, who visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to discuss his role in ‘American Gangster’ on Thursday
Jay-Z, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Friday
Talib Kweli, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Friday
Common is out with the video for his new single ‘I Want You’, from the Chicago hip hop star’s seventh album ‘Finding Forever’, out now on G.O.O.D. Music. The disc is both produced by and features vocals from will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, and samples Minnie Riperton’s ‘Baby, This Love I Have’ and Bob James’ version of ‘Feel Like Making Love’. The video features actress Kerry Washington, who co-produced the treatment, as well as Serena Williams, Derek Luke, Sophia Luke, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. Watch it below.
Rap acts on television this week include
Hurricane Chris, who promotes his debut album ’51/50 Ratchet’ on ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday
Rev Run of Run-DMC, who visits ‘TRL’ on Thursday with his famioly to promote the new season of ‘Run’s House’
Common, who visits ‘TRL’ on Thursday
Common dropped by ‘MuchOnDemand’ in Toronto on September 24th to chat with VJs Matte and Leah about his latest album ‘Finding Forever’ and his successful collaborations with Kanye West.
Video at YouTube has since been removed.