Articles tagged common

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force: Central Park Summerstage - 23 June 2013 (Photos)

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force brought nothing but heat at their show at Central Park's Summerstage.

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Keeping It Real: Dreams, Mind-Alteration, & Misperception in Hip-Hop

Hip-hop has been engaged in an ongoing tension between fantasy and reality, art and artifice but rappers, like all good artists, sometimes have to lie in order to tell the truth.

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Paul McCartney - “Momma Miss America”

“Momma Miss America” is another instrumental track on the McCartney album, as the only voice heard is that of an engineer announcing that this is

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Gil Scott-Heron, Derrick Hodge: 27.June.2010 - New York

Gil Scott-Heron brought his legendary brand of soul, and surprise guest, Common, to Central Park’s Summerstage Sunday.

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Summer of Same: May 2009

May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.

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Various Artists: Dillanthology Vol. 1

Although it offers nothing new, this is a fine introductory piece for new or unacquainted J Dilla listeners.

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27 Mar 2009 // 6:03 AM

Hip-hop star is an un-Common artistAudra D.S. Burch

Well before the government declared the country to be in recession, Common - the Chicago hip-hop artist - was already chronicling its pain. He took

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27 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?

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18 Dec 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.

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Common: Universal Mind Control

Pharrell and his Neptunes exert a svengali-like control over the record, helping Common release his most contrived and banal album to date.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2008

A return to the mic nine years in the making, a hip-hop supergroup of sorts, and Tom Waits beatboxing: this year's top-shelf hip-hop is equal parts anticipation, teamwork, and wha?!

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Wanted, and the Art of Ass-Kicking Self Actualization

Screw Abraham Maslow! According to this so-called philosopher, the route to self-actualization - you know, the ultimate realization of one’s own value and worth

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27 Jun 2008 // 1:59 AM

Wanted

Angelina Jolie has evolved. As of Wanted, she is no longer merely mortal, but her own sublime creature.

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22 Jun 2008 // 10:45 PM

Wanted: The Fight Matrix Club

Hollywood is notorious for repeating ideas. When something is successful, you can guarantee studio suits are desperate to find a way of copying it. With

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1 May 2008 // 2:47 AM

The Roots, in new album, tangle with the big issues

The Philadelphia band the Roots has always made socially aware, stylistically varied music that’s kept it on the leading edge of left-of-center hip-hop. But

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28 Apr 2008 // 11:03 PM

The Roots: Rising Down

Eighth studio album from Philly's legendary hip-hop crew, a minor-key rush of synthesizer-heavy vamps and distrustful rhymes, features cameos from Mos Def, Talib Kweli and more.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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26 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Common: Thisisme Then

Herein lies another industry rule. Record companies count on us to buy the same music (at least) twice.

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2 Nov 2007 // 4:00 AM

American Gangster

As much as American Gangster loves Frank's intelligence and charisma, it must also condemn his criminality.

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29 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Common: Finding Forever

As good as Finding Forever is -- and it's very good -- it's hard to imagine it vaulting Common into superstar status. It's the curse of being sly and thoughtful.

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