Common News & Features


Common on “Nobody’s Smiling”, Chicago & His 5 Best Albums (Interview)

Twenty years ago, a Chicago born-and-bred emcee revealed his heartbreak for a genre he once adored. Common unleashed his candid ode to hip-hop with his poignant record, “I Used To Love H.E.R.” It was a... Read More
Posted 7 months ago

Magnum Opus: Falling in Love With Common’s “The Light” Again (Video)

Born and raised in D.C., I have passed by or visited pretty much every D.C. landmark or museum about a thousand times. Whenever we had family in town, we took them to see the sights. I don't know whether I've had... Read More
Posted 8 months ago

Common Jumps “In the Mix” [DJBooth Interview Exclusive]

A Chicago veteran whose lyrical, politically-charged style helped light the way for Windy City luminaries Kanye and Lupe, Common has spent the last several years diversifying his resume--penning a memoir, starring in numerous... Read More
Posted 3 years ago

The Grammys are Coming! A Preview of the 2010 Awards

This Sunday night the music industry's annual self-indulgent orgy, the Grammy Wards, will flood the televisions and minds of music lovers worldwide. In preparation for music's biggest night of the year, and... Read More
Posted 5 years ago

Hip-Hop 101: Ludacris and Common School L.A. With Stellar Show [Exclusive Coverage]

Los Angeles got taken to school on Saturday night when the Hip-Hop 101 Music and Arts Festival set up class in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Put on in celebration of Black History Month, the event attempted to unify... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

It’s No Secret: Common Packs Mean Performance Punch [Exclusive Coverage]

Chicago, IL -- On Friday evening, was invited to attend NBC’s “Locals Only” secret show featuring hometown favorite Common. The event, which was held at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts Warehouse,... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

K-Salaam & Beatnick Release Common Remix Album

New York, NY -- K-Salaam & Beatnick, the up-and-coming production duo who caught's attention with their remixes of classic records by veteran rapper Common, Today, the two are back in the Booth with a brand new,... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

K-Salaam & Beatnick Preview Common Remix Album

New York, NY -- K-Salaam & Beatnick, who Booth members may remember from their remixes of Common cuts "6th Sense," "Resurrection," and "The Corner," are at it again on the forthcoming S.T.O.R.Y. (Stories Told Over Remixed... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Complete Coverage:  Chicago Celebrates Obama Election in Style; Common, Kweli, Others On Hand

Chicago, IL -- If you have never felt as though you were part of a truly historic moment, then Tuesday evening was your night. Just minutes after the clock struck 10pm in the Central Standard Time zone, Illinois Senator... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Common, Talib Kweli Host Election Results Watch Party in Chicago [Exclusive Coverage]

Chicago, IL -- Chicago native and Grammy Award winning artist Common teamed with Brooklyn lyricist Talib Kweli on Tuesday night, to co-host Get Presidential: The Election Results Watch Event at Chicago's Hard Rock Café. The... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Common Previews “Universal Mind Control” for

To control the minds of your listeners, you need not only superb lyrical abilities, but a musical backdrop that can take the listeners to a realm of symphonic bliss. Common is back with his 8th studio recording, entitled... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Common Releases “Universal Mind Control” Video

Chicago, IL -- Industry vet Common has released the video for the title track and first single of his upcoming LP, Universal Mind Control. In this hyper-stylized, Hype Williams-directed affair, the emcee raps inside of a... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Q-Tip Performs for Maximum Capacity at NYC’s Knitting Factory [Exclusive Coverage]

New York, NY -- The outside of Tribeca’s Knitting Factory appeared to be just that, as the seemingly mile-long ball of yarn that was Q-Tip’s enthusiasts wrapped around the entrance to his free show. Fresh off of the Rock... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Common Changes Album Title, Shoots Video With Hype Williams

Chicago, IL -- Word is out that veteran rapper Common's upcoming eighth album has undergone a name change-- formerly Invincible Summer, the set is now to be called Universal Mind Control. This LP, which comes on the heels... Read More
Posted 6 years ago

Smirnoff Signature Mix Series To Feature Re-Worked Classics By Common, Q-Tip & More

New York, NY -- Beginning this month, the makers of Smirnoff vodka are launching an exciting new Smirnoff Signature Mix Series, a campaign pairing three acclaimed rappers with contemporary beat-maestros to create new versions... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

The Roots, Common Set To Premiere Documentaries During NBA All Star Weekend

New York, NY -- Black History Month during the All Star weekend may have just become a little more cultural besides the endless parties and basketball activities that it's known for. The 'Other' Movie Industry Film Festival... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Common Wins Awards for ‘CD of the Year’ and ‘Lyricist of the Year’ at This Year’s BET Hip Hop Awards

LOS ANGELES, LA -- Common's G.O.O.D Music/Geffen Records gold-selling release "Finding Forever" wins the "CD of the Year" award at the BET Hip Hop Awards show held in Atlanta, GA. on Saturday, October 13th (Common tied with... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Common Shoots New Video, Prepares for BET Awards

Los Angeles, CA -- Grammy winning rap superstar Common stars in his most provocative video ever, "I Want You," debuting this week featuring Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Derek Luke, tennis star Serena Williams, Will.I.Am and... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Common Launches Common Ground Foundation to Help Urban Youth

San Francisco, CA -- Grammy winning artist, actor and children's author Lonnie Rashid Lynn, known as "Common", has announced the launch of The Common Ground Foundation, Inc. The foundation will be overseen by Executive... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Nelly Furtado, Lil’ Wayne, Common, T-Pain and others Added to VMA Performers

New York, NY -- The party just got bigger and louder at the “2007 MTV Music Video Awards” as Common, Nelly Furtado, Gym Class Heroes, T-Pain, Cee-Lo, Daniel Merriweather and Lil’ Wayne joined the already explosive... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Hip Hop Takes A Turn and Common Leads The Way

Santa Monica, CA -- On his 7th album, Finding Forever, Grammy winning rap superstar Common hits the jackpot, scoring his first career #1 on the Billboard Album Chart. The G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen Records album scanned 155,329... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Common’s ‘Finding Forever’ Hits Retail Today

SANTA MONICA, Calif., -- Grammy-nominated rap superstar Common returns with his long-awaited seventh studio album, "Finding Forever," on G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen Records, to be released July 31. The album will be available at... Read More
Posted 7 years ago

Common Set to Release New CD ‘Finding Forever’ July 31st

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Multi-faceted Hip-Hop superstar Common is prepping his highly anticipated seventh album, Finding Forever, for a July 31st release on G.O.O.D Music/Geffen Records. The album is the follow up to the four... Read More
Posted about 8 years ago

Kanye & Common Invade 2006 Global Mixx DJ Retreat

CHICAGO -- The Global Mixx DJ Retreat announced Chicago natives, Kanye West and Common as their 2006 Co-Chairpersons. In exchange for their participation, charitable donations will be made to the rappers’ non-profit... Read More
Posted about 9 years ago

Designer Mark Ecko, Common, Rakim, Lupe Fiasco & Rhymefest Invade NYC

New York, NY -- Marc Ecko, founder of the world famous rhino brand of apparel, *ecko unltd., today announced details for “Marc Ecko’s Save the Rhinos 2nd Annual Benefit Concert,” starring Common, Rakim, Lupe Fiasco, DJ... Read More
Posted about 9 years ago