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The Best Hip-Hop of 2014
11 Dec 2014 // 9:10 PM
This year's push of stylistic diversity, craft, and experimentation adds fuel to hip-hop's movement into the future.
The Best Hip-Hop of 2007
10 Dec 2007 // 4:00 PM
From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.
Like Water for Chocolate: Common's Recipe for Progressive Hip-Hop
4 May 2000 // 5:00 PM
Like the surreal Laura Esquivel novel that Rashid 'Lonnie' Lynn invokes in the title of his brilliant new release Like Water for Chocolate.
Common: Nobody's Smiling
30 Jul 2014 // 9:06 PM
The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.
Common and Atmosphere Make Freezing History at Colorado’s Red Rocks
1 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM
Minneapolis indie rap crew Atmosphere seemed an iffy choice to headline the landmark show, but the capacity crowd welcomed the group as if they were a St. Bernard carrying the world’s largest brandy cask.
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force: Central Park Summerstage - 23 June 2013 (Photos)
27 Jun 2013 // 5:10 AM
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force brought nothing but heat at their show at Central Park's Summerstage.
Gil Scott-Heron, Derrick Hodge: 27.June.2010 - New York
30 Jun 2010 // 2:00 AM
Gil Scott-Heron brought his legendary brand of soul, and surprise guest, Common, to Central Park’s Summerstage Sunday.
Common Still Making Sense in Shaping Hip-Hop
29 Sep 2016 // 6:01 AM
Common: "I feel energized right now by all the beautiful art out there -- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book (Between the World and Me), Hamilton, what’s going on in Chicago hip-hop. I’ve been rereading James Baldwin. I feel sparked as an artist."
Common — rapper, actor, writer — has a new album that’s a return to his roots
3 Jan 2012 // 4:35 AM
LOS ANGELES — Common was trying not to crack a smile. The rapper-turned-actor-turned-author was in the midst of having his face powdered in preparation for an