In our '16 Bars' series we feature the sharpest MCs in the game doing what they do best -- spitting hot 16s for your viewing and listening pleasure.

You've seen young gunners like Logic and G-Eazy do their thing for our cameras but this time around we tapped legendary lyricist Common to step to the mic.

As if his impressive new album, 'Nobody's Smiling,' wasn't proof enough that this 20-year vet of rhyme battles and the music biz has still got his blistering freestyle further drives that point home.

Watch Common remind everyone why he's been considered a top-tier MC for decades above. Want more Common? Watch him talk about the battles of days past and perfecting his craft in the video below.