Monday, December 10 2007
From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.
Thursday, March 27 2003
The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.
Thursday, May 4 2000
Like the surreal Laura Esquivel novel that Rashid 'Lonnie' Lynn invokes in the title of his brilliant new release Like Water for Chocolate.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.
Wednesday, February 1 2012
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.
Monday, January 2 2012
Common teams up with '90s muse No I.D. to make an album as forward thinking sonically as it is rote lyrically.
Monday, December 15 2008
Pharrell and his Neptunes exert a svengali-like control over the record, helping Common release his most contrived and banal album to date.
Monday, November 26 2007
Herein lies another industry rule. Record companies count on us to buy the same music (at least) twice.
Thursday, June 27 2013
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force brought nothing but heat at their show at Central Park's Summerstage.
Wednesday, June 30 2010
Gil Scott-Heron brought his legendary brand of soul, and surprise guest, Common, to Central Park’s Summerstage Sunday.
Tuesday, January 3 2012
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
Friday, March 27 2009
Well before the government declared the country to be in recession, Common - the Chicago hip-hop artist - was already chronicling its pain. He took