Common opened up about his views on the current state of hip-hop. The veteran rapper told Rap-Up TV, “I love where hip-hop is. There’s future in hip-hop.”

Common credits a lot of hip-hop’s future to a few artists out of the TDE camp. “I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul orKendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.”

In the future he would love to do a record with Kendrick, praising the rapper for setting a standard for "new era" rap artists. Common said “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone.”

He also commended Nicki Minaj’s on her Chicago dedicated song “Chi-Raq.” “I love that joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.”