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Features

Monday, December 10 2007

The Best Hip-Hop of 2007

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


Thursday, March 27 2003

"Real, Compared to What": Anti-War Soul

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.


Columns

Thursday, May 4 2000

Like Water for Chocolate: Common's Recipe for Progressive Hip-Hop

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


Reviews

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Common: Nobody's Smiling

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


Wednesday, February 1 2012

Common and Atmosphere Make Freezing History at Colorado’s Red Rocks

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: The Dreamer / The Believer

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

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.


Monday, November 26 2007

Common: Thisisme Then

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


Blogs

Thursday, June 27 2013

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.


Wednesday, June 30 2010

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.


News

Tuesday, January 3 2012

Common — rapper, actor, writer — has a new album that’s a return to his roots

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

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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