Common Confirms Departure From G.O.O.D. Music
Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew has shrunk in numbers in recent years. Kid Cudi and Hit-Boy both left for greener pastures in 2013, while Q-Tip, Yasiin Bey and Mr. Hudson's respective output is so slim it's hard to tell if they're even on the team anymore. Now, original member Common has confirmed his departure.
Sitting down with Sway Calloway for a special edition of MTV's 'RapFix' this week, the Chicago MC explained that he's no longer in business with G.O.O.D. Music, but assured that Kanye is still "family." Com said he approached Ye about working on his new album, 'Nobody's Smiling,' but realized "his focus was somewhere else," having just got married and welcomed a child into the world.
Instead, Common teamed up with childhood friend and long-time collaborator No I.D., who executive produced 'Nobody's Smiling' and released the album on his own Artium imprint through Def Jam. The Chicago native's previous LP, 2011's 'The Dreamer/The Believer,' was also distributed outside of G.O.O.D. Music, so the news of his departure shouldn't come as a surprise.
While Common didn't indicate whether we'll ever hear another collaboration between himself and Kanye, he let it be known that it's more than just about music between them. "I cherish our friendship more than the music," he said. "If we never make music again, so long as we bros and we good." No pun intended.
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