Sway may not have the answers, but Common sure does in this new segment with Okayplayer TV above called "The Questions".
Com Sense shares his quick-hitting, yet introspective thoughts on a variety of fast and furious questions ranging from who he'd play in a biopic (MLK or Gil Scott Heron), to artists developing their music business side, to food in Chicago, and much more. Watch and enjoy this entertaining piece!
I caught this remix of one of my favorite Finding Forever cuts across the interwebs and gave it a shot, because, well, it's Common. I liked the fresh funk, and even house elements, added to the original by Canadian producer Kaytranada. A nice change of pace for it and a good twist on the original. I feel like Common himself would approve.
Who is Aaradhna you may ask? She is of Samoan and Indian descent and currently one of New Zealand's biggest singers. How about that mix?
She reeled in Common for a remix to "Wake Up", which appears on her new American version of the album, Treble & Reverb. Common centers on one of the most popular lifestyle habits as he takes the lead with the first verse. And overall, this song is the perfect first song of your playlist this morning — you'll see why once the chorus hits. Check it out!
One more preview off the upcoming Black Radio 2 by the Robert Glasper Experiment as "Trust" is the album's concluding track featuring Marsha Ambrosius and Common. Marsha carries this record with some sultry singing on what sounds like it would be a fitting end for an album. You may be surprised, pleasantly, by Common's feature — a spoken word verse, and a poignant one at that. A perfect track for chilling out this weekend and beyond!
It's been a minute since we had an edition of #OldSchoolSundays so here's one that is inspired by our new sitdown with Common himself this week (see below ICYMI, and note where it comes in) and to pay homage to what I've long considered my favorite album intro: "Be".
Laced by some heavy strings and a soulful melody from Kanye West, the 2.5 minute track to Common's 2005 album sets the tone, changes your mood, and is a beautiful mix of instrumental and fast-paced lyricism from Com. Two of Chi's finest took the game by storm with this album... and this is how it all began!
Common, the rapper. Common, the actor. Common, the photographer?!
Common was host to the Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses event, and featured along with two local photographers (Kristyna Archer & Taylor Castle) to share their vision of the city through limited edition photography. There was a baseball theme amongst all of the artists' photos, and the photos were presented as a sensory experience in a gallery at Ignite Glass Studio. We walked in different rooms and were asked to use various senses like smell, touch, hearing, and taste (we got free hot dogs!) to create a new mood and perspective before the lights were turned on to view the photos. It was an interactive and innovative way to take in art, and surely an influence too, as we found out from Com himself.
Common talks about his photography — how he drew inspiration from his sensory experience of his hometown of Chicago and the concept behind his photograph "1st Base" (seen below). "1st Base, you gotta start somewhere."
"The sounds of the city.. I've throughout the years come home just to ride around Chicago, and feel how the smell of the city and what it sounds like, so I can write songs because I wanted it to be rooted where I come from. And I think all your citizens are important when it comes to making art."
As you can see, Common is very aware of his city, whether he's capturing it through photos or making music from its environment. Com even brought it back to growing up on Dorchester!
Plus, he shares some new info on the art he's most known for: his music. The central theme of his upcoming EP (to drop later this year) and album (2014) is now revealed, as Common also mentions he's been working with No I.D. & Swizz Beatz for the projects. Watch above to find out that theme and what to expect musically — a bonus, to finding out more about Common, the artist.
"1st Base" — a photograph by Common
(All images above and in the video were printed using the PIXMA PRO printer.)
The new adidas spot for the #DRose4 sees the hometown hero narrating a trip through the lavish perks of being a famous all-star, like birthday parties with Common, 2 Chainz, Dom Kennedy, and Big Sean — and going to the latter's video shoot no less. But if all that is taken away, Rose is fine, because... "basketball is everything". Watch the new 1 minute commercial above and one more time, our D. Rose/Big Sean video recap from the #DRose4 launch at the United Center.
Chi-Town stand up! This hometown collab is of an unusual mix, but one that makes sense given Patrick Stump's numerous crossovers into hip hop. He's on the hook, with Common spittin' the verses, and the Robert Glasper Experiment providing the beautiful piano backdrop to this thoughtful, lyrical record off RGE's upcoming Black Radio 2. Common's verses will keep you comin' back too, I especially enjoyed those. And once the piano hits, it'll likely transform your mood. It did for me and as you'd assume by now, "I Stand Alone" is an instant *Tibs Fav.
Let's step back and applaud these two stars for their efforts here. Magic Johnson, someone who doesn't have natural ties to Chicago mind you, has linked up with Common and CPS to launch an education program identifying at-risk students in need of education for a high school diploma. Students who are unable to attend a traditional high school can enroll in this program at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, which is another nice step in the right direction to help combat the city's high dropout rate.
There are 150 students at MJBA in the Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. And there’s a waiting list.
Tasha young was out of school for three years before enrolling in the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy. She couldn’t focus in a traditional high school. There were too many distractions. She’s also the mother of a 1-year-old and needs a flexible schedule. The program at this alternative school was a fit for her.
The first class from the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy graduates in the spring.
Magic was teary eyed yesterday in the press conference and spoke with WGN about just wanting to be a mentor to these students like he's had his share of mentors growing up. It's great to see the basketball legend and our hometown legend Common come together to help the youth and spread awareness. And just as important, it's a delight to get a glimpse at some of these students hard at work trying to get a good education! *tips hat* to everyone involved!