Common
Features // 3 Articles
Columns // 1 Articles
Reviews // 11 Articles
Blogs // 2 Articles
News // 3 Articles
//Features

The Best Hip-Hop of 2014
11 Dec 2014 // 8:10 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 // 3:00 PM

From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.

//Columns

Like Water for Chocolate: Common's Recipe for Progressive Hip-Hop
4 May 2000 // 4:00 PM

Like the surreal Laura Esquivel novel that Rashid 'Lonnie' Lynn invokes in the title of his brilliant new release Like Water for Chocolate.

//Reviews

Common: Black America Again
6 Nov 2016 // 8:30 PM

Chicago veteran returns with his 11th album, a record that sees Common reinvigorated and at his most potent and inspired, marking another entry into one of the most consistent discographies in hip-hop history.

Common: Nobody's Smiling
30 Jul 2014 // 8:06 PM

The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.

//Blogs

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force: Central Park Summerstage - 23 June 2013 (Photos)
27 Jun 2013 // 4:10 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 // 1:00 AM

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

//News

Common Still Making Sense in Shaping Hip-Hop
29 Sep 2016 // 5:01 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 // 3:35 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

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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