The prototypical vision of the rap battle involves a bruised and poverty-stricken Rabbit intensely staring down his opponent in front of a massive crowd that looks wild enough to storm the stage at a moment’s notice...
2005: Thirteen years and five albums immersed into his professional maturation as a deeply respected lyricist, the culmination of Common's proficiency as an inspired narrator of the intricacies of everyday life was successfully presented in spectacular fashion on what would be his sixth and most significant studio album to date, Be...
Singles: “Michigan Shit”; Mixtapes: The Blue Album, The People’s Rapper LP, Season 2; Albums: Unconscious State
As-yet-untitled major label debut album
“I think everyone here deserves to be here. I just think that it’s all about timing, so whoever didn’t make it shouldn’t look at it as a setback. I know when I didn’t make it, I let it fuel me.”
“I’m not saying this because I’m signed to Aftermath, but just like most of America, I grew up idolizing Dr. Dre. And I’m from Michigan, so I grew up idolizing Eminem. So to be on the same label as the two of them is a dream come true.”
“I probably thought I was cooler than I was. I think I’m pretty much the same dude—quiet, reserved. I only want attention when I feel like I deserve it, when I’m on that stage. Other than that, I’m chillin’. I’m cool. Just like in high school, I didn’t get caught up in varsity jackets and cheerleaders. If it came to me, it came to me. If it didn’t, it didn’t. But I was too busy doing me to be concerned about what everybody else was doing.”
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