NEW Common on a J Dilla production?! Say no more, right?
Well, I will. Because this is awesome.
Common is up first on a new feature verse for the Yancey Boys upcoming album, Sunset Blvd. His slick references only pile up as he proceeds and with the soulful production, it simply sounds like vintage Common.
Keep it runnin' as all parties involved do their thing. Nitti drops quite possibly the first reference to Ronny Turiaf ever in rap, on top of a solid verse overall, and Illa J rounds things out with a well-delivered message to doubters. In between, Dezi Paige laces the track with some appropriate vocals for the hook.
An easy *Tibs Fav. with Sunset Blvd. rising on September 17th.
North Carolina native and 9th Wonder protege is Rapsody the femcee. Rapsody releases her latest mixtape, She Got Game. The mixtape involves features by Chance The Rapper, Raekwon, Raheem DeVaughn, Mac Miller, Wale, Common, Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul, Phonte, Jay Electronica, among many others. An ode to a classic 90's Hip-Hop is what "She Got Game" in representing Rapsody's art of 16 bars throughout 16 new tracks.
01. A Song About Nothing (Prod by Eric G)
02. Coconut Oil ft Raekwon & Mela Machinko (Prod by 9th Wonder)
03. Thank You Very Much (Prod by Khrysis)
04. Lonely Thoughts ft Chance The Rapper (Prod by Denaun Porter)
05. Caught Up ft Raheem Devaughn (Prod by Khrysis)
06. Generation ft Mac Miller & Jared Evan (Prod by 9th Wonder)
07. Special Way (Prod by Khrysis)
08. Dark Knights ft Wale (Prod by EJones)
09. My Song ft Mela Machinko (Prod by 9th Wonder)
10. Complacent ft Problem (Prod by 9th Wonder)
11. Lover After All ft Gwen Bunn (Prod by 9th Wonder)
12. Kingship (Prod by DJ Premier)
13. Feel Like (Love Love) ft Common (Prod by Kah)
14. Never Fail (Prod by Eric G)
15. Never Know ft Nispey Hussle Ab-Soul and Terrace Martin (Prod by 9th Wonder)
16. Jedi Code ft Phonte & Jay Electronica (Prod By 9th Wonder)
Today I bring you the second edition of the recently installed, "Throwback Thursdays" series. In today's feature I will be showcasing three underground gems that didn't break out in the mainstream but have definitely garnered the attention of underground Hip-Hop listeners.
Brand Nubian "Maybe One Day" f/ Common Sense 
"Born into existence where your existence is non-existant But your persistance overcomes their resistance"
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Underground Hip-Hop legends, Brand Nubian, released Foundation in 1998 and within that album included the legendary track "Maybe One Day". The beauty behind this track is that it illustrates everything that is good from the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. The track also features the upstart Common Sense which we know now ad Chicago Hip-Hop legend, Common. It only takes one listen to become invested in this phenomenal underground Hip-Hop gem.
K-OS "B-Boy Stance" 
"I'm a b-boy standin in my b-boy stance.."
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Kevin Brereton, better know as "K-OS" has been crucial to Toronto's Hip-Hop scene since the mid 90's. One of his best received albums was "Joyful Rebellion" in 2004, which ended up going platinum in Canada. From this album we get the gem, "B-Boy Stance", a track that is critically derived from all elements in Hip-Hop and that also features a phenomenal instrumental as well as samples. Although it did go platinum as part of Joyful Rebellion, what makes this an underground gem is that it has received a lot of respect by avid Hip-Hop heads from the states that really enjoy music similar to that of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
Kendrick Lamar "Vanity Slaves" 
"I care about my pride too much, if my clothes is new if my ride is plush, if my hair is cut, if my diamonds is crushed I look in the mirror, I'm trendy enough? Wrong"
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Kendrick Lamar has been receiving a lot of attention this week and we continue the attention with "Vanity Slaves" that comes off the Kendrick Lamar EP. If you aren't very familiar with K. Dot's discography the Kendrick Lamar EP has to be the first body of work you have to visit. The EP was Kendrick's coming out party in the Hip-Hop scene as it was the first project that truly got him the national exposure and put him on the map in California's Hip-Hop scene. He then released Overly Dedicated which launched him to the forefront of the Hip-Hop youth movement. Section.80 and Good Kid M.A.A.D City established him as a young king in today's Hip-Hop scene. The reason why Vanity Slaves is important is because it illustrates Kendrick's social consciousness in discussing many issues going on in his community as well as the rap game today in glorifying the bad within the business. What makes this a remarkable track is that Kendrick too feels guilty of doing the same thing as his peers and becoming a "Vanity Slave" in the process. Kendrick illustrates this narrative through a historical context, which in my mind illustrates how ahead in the game he is at his young age.
It wouldn't be an #OldSchoolSundays without looking at the Sunday paper, right? Well, this article above from U.K. newspaper The Independent was published in August of 2008 and Lupe Fiascorandomly tweeted it last night, sharing this blast from the past. Isn't it cool to relive some of the biggest hits and the albums out at the time, now five years ago? The article will give you the nostalgia of the times when 'Ye dropped Graduation a year before and was a certified global star, when Lupe Fiasco dropped The Cool and solidified himself as one of the game's best lyricists and storytellers, and when Common was prepping the release of Universal Mind Control while backing the Democratic Party's Presidential pick, and fellow parishoner of his same southside church: Barack Obama.
It may take more squinting than you'd like, but this article is a nice refresher of another time when Chicago hip hop was king, and for different sounds, styles, and lyricism than that of today's climate. These are my three favorite Chi-Town artists after all, and all three are such influential reasons to why we started gowherehiphop.com in the first place back in 2007.
It's never a wrong day, and doesn't have to be Sunday, to spin some of these classics back. Here are a couple that the article mentions: the comedic throwback music video for "Touch The Sky" (Kanye featuring Lupe off Late Registration), and Common's 2008 ode to President Obama, "Changes" (off UMC).
Last night while our center of attention was on Lollapalooza, Common and Swizz Beatz were busy cooking up another new jam... with Carmelo Anthony sitting in on the studio session. The 15 second preview actually provides a little bit of a glimpse of the record. It's not much obviously, but it will certainly be cool and curious to hear Com and Swizz collabing. Stay tuned...
Stream: Pharoahe Monch "The Truth" f/ Common & Talib Kweli (1999)
This edition of #OldSchoolSundays is actually indirectly brought to fruition by Kanye West. And that's because yesterday he tweeted that his 2nd verse on "New Slaves" is the best rap verse of all-time. Naturally, you're going to get some responses that argue differently, and one of those came from Mitch of The Bulls Show who said Pharoahe Monch's verse on "The Truth".
This gem was on the Internal Affairs album from 1999 and features none other than Common & Talib Kweli. All three put down some phenomenal, thought-provoking verses that you have to keep a close focus on to fully understand. There's not one line that's lacking in the whole song, but for fun, I decided to grab my favorite ones from each artist.
"True feelings, we speakin on the truth right now in itself is healing
See The Creator, created existence and balance
At right angles, unless it was conceived and stated
So whoever shall stray away from right lives wrong."
- Pharoahe Monch
"Out of everybody I met, who told the truth? Time did."
"When the words of lying men sound lush like the sound of a violin
The truth is there, it's just the heart you gotta find it in."
- Talib Kweli
Needless to say, give this soulful record a spin above! I'm sure to many of you this old school jam is a new one to take in. Whether it is or it isn't, it's a refreshing and timeless track that can fit in your hip hop rotation today.