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Common’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Track List Revealed

Common's No ID collaboration, Nobody's Smiling is almost here. Today, we get the track list for the project which drops July 22. The standard version of the LP contains 10 tracks including the previously released, "Kingdom" featuring Vince Staples, Lil Herb, Cocaine 80's, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Elijah Blake and others...

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Common’s “Kingdom” Video Is Inspired By The Hardships Of Chicago

Common releases a powerful visual for his single, "Kingdom," which features Vince Staples.

In the Hype Williams-directed video, Common and Vince Staples aren't the focal point, but rather a young teenager who is hustling in the Chicago streets trying to survive...

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62 Rappers Who Changed Their Rap Names

Here are 62 rappers who chose, for one reason or another, to taken on new rap names as their careers have gone on

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A Guide To Chicago’s Hip-Hop Scene

When XXL released its 2014 Freshmen Cover last month, one of the biggest talking points among hip-hop fans was the strong presence of Chicago rappers...

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“Love Is...”
Artist: Common
Producer: J Dilla
Release Year: 2005
Song Sampled: “God Is Love”
Sample Release Year: 1970
Sample Effect: J Dilla and Common use a lesser-known message song from Marvin for their own message song about the importance of love and faith. This definitely works in a subtler fashion than using something more famous like “What’s Going On?”
Why The Song Is Dope: Common is at the peak of his powers on this track, blending socially conscious rap with smooth soul samples for an ambience that perfectly fits the tone of his progressive lyrics. —MC

“Love Is...”

Artist: Common
Producer: J Dilla
Release Year: 2005
Song Sampled: “God Is Love”
Sample Release Year: 1970
Sample Effect: J Dilla and Common use a lesser-known message song from Marvin for their own message song about the importance of love and faith. This definitely works in a subtler fashion than using something more famous like “What’s Going On?”
Why The Song Is Dope: Common is at the peak of his powers on this track, blending socially conscious rap with smooth soul samples for an ambience that perfectly fits the tone of his progressive lyrics. —MC

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Common Writes Tribute Letter In Honor Of Maya Angelou

Last week, Maya Angelou's death rocked the world. The exemplary author influenced a lot of poets, leaders, and also artists, especially in the form of Common...

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"The Dreamer"

Artist: Common featuring Maya Angelou
Lyric: "Once you find your shoulders dropping/And your speech gets slow and hazy/You better change your way of being/Before you found your brain got lazy/You can build a better future when you join the winning team/If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream" —Maya Angelou

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8 Rappers Trying To Save Chicago

The violence that's happening in Chicago is well documented. There have been countless documentaries, music releases and reports of what's going in the area, but some hip-hop artists are thinking bigger by fighting back and campaigning against the violence...

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Dreezy Featuring Common And Ross Augusta “No Good”

Chicago's own Dreezy is quickly rising as a fresh-faced talent after her release of Schizo caught people's attention. For her first high-profile single, Dreezy grabs veteran Common and R&B crooner Ross Augusta for "No Good," which has a lot of potential to be a big hit...

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maya angelou death lyrics
This morning, the world learned of the sad news of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary author and poet who was easily one of the best and brightest voices of her generation. As influential as she was lauded, Angelou won countless awards throughout her career, and stood tall as a voice for women and the African-American community. With such a wide reach, it's no surprise that her name has popped up in its fair share of hip-hop lyrics, particularly among the Common's, Wale's and Lupe Fiasco's of the rap world—those who strive to make a change through their art, much like Angelou did through hers. XXL compiled 15 hip-hop songs that reference Angelou. RIP to one of the all-time greats.
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15 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Maya Angelou

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