Common Battles Biz Markie at Houston Concert [With Pics]

Common had a concert at Houston’s Warehouse Live last Friday (May 28), and judging by the legion of female fans primped and packed into the venue like it was a screening for Sex in the City 2, the rap vet still has a way with the ladies.

The adored Chicago native began his show by asking the crowd, “How many of y’all love hip-hop?” Declaring, “This is real hip-hop y’all,” before beginning his set with “Go!”—the Kanye West-produced hit from his critically acclaimed album, Be. Backed by Biz Markie’s longtime spinmaster, DJ Kool V, Com then launched into “Poker Face.” The lyricist went on to display his breakdancing skills during his performance of “Universal Mind Control.”

The star of the recent movie, Just Wright, then brought out the Diabolical Biz Markie for an old school freestyle battle. Both seasoned MCs infused Houston landmarks and personalities into their verses to eliminate all doubt that the 16s were coming straight from the dome. Common then acquiesced the cipher to the former member of the legendary Juice Crew to perform “Vapors.”

The G.O.O.D. Music MC then offered up “The Corner” and the DJ Premier- produced “The People” before giving the ladies the song they really came to hear, “The Light.” The women shrilled with delight as they proceeded to recite every word of the song.

Before exiting stage left, the rap vet brought Biz back to the stage and they both belted out the golden era MC’s 1989 top-10 hit, “Just A Friend.”

Com is currently working on his ninth solo studio album, The Believer, which he is aiming for a fall release. —Maurice Bobb

Turn to page 2 to see a photo gallery of images from the show, courtesy of Xphaqtor.

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  • ozzman

    (pre 808 kanye)

    not knocking 808 but common doesnt need that.

  • Anonymous

    nor would he rap to that sound.

  • SupaDupa_Interlude

    Dam everybody trying to drop this year. Niggas is broke and trying to get on that grind.

    Somebody gonna get pushed back a million times and its gonna be interestin to see who.


  • Kid Pistol

    @SupaDupa –

    “Dam everybody trying to drop this year. Niggas is broke and trying to get on that grind.”

    None of these doods is broke. Not even Nas.

  • Worldizmine

    Common ain’t no joke on the mic he can really go don’t let his work on his albums fool you he a battle cat from the south side of CHI! He just smart enough to be aware of his image as a grown man not to sell his soul for money like 95% of black entertainers!

    He should get Kanye & Preemo for his next work!
    D@mn that would be dope!

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  • $yk

    Broke? LOL


    How is a dude in a just released major motion picture broke…file that thought under foolish mortal thinking yo.

  • big slim

    Are all haters dumb as hell ANd stupid,or they just hate on anything black folk do to bring joy. damn yall…I dont see Clint Black or Paramore or Jonas Bros. fans hate on their fellow genre mates. That’s why Black Eyed Peas still sellin!! 2 WORDS 4 YA…WHITE FOLK. And you know wut?..AT DA END OF DA DAY,DONT MATTER WUT COLOR RACE BUYS UR CDS,DA ONLY COLOR DAT MATTERS IS GREEN!They dont wait to see if they man like or dont like a cd. They go buy it and and pump it. Maybe U should take notes.

  • scientific

    these ain’t no pics of biz and common battling. these some common promo pics.