Common Birthday Party

Common was on hand for his private birthday celebration at Tantra Restaurant on March 9th in Los Angeles, California. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

Common Aims To Teach And Learn With Song Download

Common tells MTV News he became an honorary member of What’s the Download both to teach and to learn. “I’m an artist that’s been doing music for years and it wasn’t a big problem when I first started, but now that it’s become an issue it’s important for the youth to hear someone who’s been involved for so many years,” he said. “And for me to listen to them and get their perspective, I’m learning a lot because I’m not Mr. Computer Guy. It’s not a perfect world, but I think we can get to a place where at least we have an understanding.” Read more.

On TV: Rev Run, Diddy, Kanye, Common

With about every show in reruns this week, rap acts on television for the week are virtually all on Saturday for New Year’s Eve, though on Tuesday, Rev Run of Run-DMC appears on ‘Daily Download’. MTV’s annual New Year’s Eve party from Times Square features performances by Kanye West, Common, and Young Jeezy, and an appearance by Rev Run and his family. New Year’s Eve Live with Regis Philbin (FOX) features Nick Cannon. New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (NBC) features Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.