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“I Used To Love H.E.R.”
Common

Year: 1994
A love song that literalizes hip-hop as a woman is a purely Common conceit, but it escapes pretension by being catchy and soulful as hell. Tracking the movement of hip-hop’s center from afrocentrism to G-funk, Chicago’s elder statesman’s most popular song is also his best.

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Common Says He Learned A lot From Working With Vince Staples

 

After signing a new deal with Def Jam, Common didn't waste any time putting together his new album Nobody's Smiling. The new album is set to be released July 22 and features a slew of artists including Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Vince Staples and more. Man...

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11 Rappers Who Could Be Professional Basketball Players
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12 Rappers Who Could Be Professional Basketball Players

Sports, especially basketball,  go hand-in-hand when it comes to hip-hop.  So much that many rappers possess the skills of what could have been an all-star player...

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Common “Speak My Piece”

Common's upcoming Nobody Smiling is shaping up to be his best album in years.  The Chi-town rapper follows the intense Vince Staples-featuring "Kingdom" with a solo performance on "Speak My Piece...

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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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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

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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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Steve Granitz/Jesse Grant/ Stringer/ Shahar Azran, Getty Images (3)
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63 Rappers Who Changed Their Rap Names

Here are 63 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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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day
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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

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