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Kanye West Performs At The Common & Friends Concert

September 28, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Common held the second annual “Common & Friends” concert at the Hollywood Palladium on September 26th. The show benefits The Common Ground Foundation which is dedicated to empowering and developing America’s urban youth by providing support and education.

Guest performers included Nas, Ludacris, De La Soul, The Roots, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, but the biggest surprise was a performance by Kanye West.

Fans screamed in excitement as Kanye performed “Good Life”, “Flashing Lights”, “Get Em High” (with Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and “Run This Town”.

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Common – Universal Mind Control

June 19, 2009

Label: G.O.O.D./Geffen
Rating: 2.5 Guns

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Written By: White Chicks On Rap

Common’s eighth album, is an echo of his 2002 album Electric Circus; a blend of electronica, rap and soul. Originally, the album was due to be released summer 2008 under the name, “Invincible Summer”. On making the album, Common said “I created this music for the summer time, it’s about feeling good… this is the type of music I felt was missing from my body of work.”

Even though the album was released during the winter, the summer club vibes from tracks like “Universal Mind Control”, “Sex 4 Suga” and “Punch Drunk Love” flow easily and makes you feel like you are partying on a warn summer night.

Common knows how to have a good time, but he also knows the time to be serious. The track “Changes” is a song of hope and a tribute to Obama.

Fans and critics are divided about this album, as they were about Electric Circus. Some feel that these albums are too experimental or that Common is above club tracks and rapping about sex. I can see where the fans and critics are coming from, but I think artists grow by experimenting and discussing different topics. Common is still discussing serious issues, but he also sees that there is room to talk about lighter subjects.

I like the fact that Common is bringing electronica back to rap as rap started by sampling electronica. The album is showing respect to what has come before and adding new layers for a new generation of hip hop fans.

Like Common? You may also like: Kanye West, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu

Common – Finding Forever

June 19, 2009

Label: Geffen
Rating: 3 Guns

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On his seventh album, Common continues to show why he is an “uncommon” rapper by rapping with a social conscience.

“Drivin’ Me Wild” (featuring Lily Allen) is a standout track. When a song starts off “It’s this thing now, that’s drivin’ me wild” you know it’s going to be interesting, especially when Common describes his own girl as “drivin’ herself crazy like the astronaut lady”. Listening to the story Common sings about, this girl has problems. She’s out chasing actors, a player for the Clippers (I can’t be mad at that, I love the Clippers) and “doin’ all she can for a man and a baby.”

-Really Common should have been done with this girl two verses ago, but “I guess we all been through it where we try too much/Losin yourself and you’re lyin’ and stuff”.

What does love do to us?

“I Want You” delves into this subject. Common speaks so honestly about how much he misses the woman he loved and the emotions on display are so raw. As a woman it is refreshing to hear a man speak the way Common does. He talks about how connected they were comparing them to “two birds that were able to fly” and their love was “made before we were born.” A line that really struck me is “I spent many years trying to be the heartthrob/I guess it’s only right that I got my heart robbed.” Again, as a women you never really hear a man talk like that. I really feel Common when he sings “But I say, girl you changed my forever/Relationships they can be as strange as the weather/Rain or sun we can sing this together.” If you have ever been in love and I mean really in love- this is the truest statement that can ever be made.

“Start The Show” Common calls out “thug rappers” and says that “Many have come but few have been chose to be a true MC/You sing along wit it, inside you knowin it’s wack.” With Kanye West on the track you know that two Chicago natives had to close with “And you say Chi-City, let’s go Chicago!”

Common is one of the few rappers who can be called a true MC. His flow, wordplay and intelligence is proof when the rest of the industry is still braggin’ about their bling.