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Common: ‘The Dreamer, The Believer’ Is ‘Art,’ ‘Sweet’ Is ‘War’

Common knows what it means to dream and subsequently believe in something. The Southside Chicago native is light years away from where he started yet he still manages to connect with his beginnings on the most basic level. While his ninth LP, 'The Dreamer, The Believer,' has been re

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Common: Maya Angelou Angry Over Use of Racial Epithet

Common's ninth studio album, 'The Dreamer, The Believer,' drops Tues. (Dec. 20), however, the rapper's project is being cast in a negative light as word comes that poet Maya Angelou is angry with him over a featured collaboration.

The Chi-town MC tapped the lauded poet to appe

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Common Explains Delay of ‘The Dreamer, The Believer’ LP

Common ninth studio album, 'The Dreamer, The Believer,' was set to debut right around the Thanksgiving Holiday, however, the project has experienced a delay, with the forthcoming release coming almost a month later.

The latest single, 'Sweet' -- a follow-up to t

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LL Cool J to Get ‘The Message’ on Grammy Nomination Special

There's nothing like a song about poverty, prostitution, drugs, murder and overriding hopelessness to kick off the lead-up to "music's biggest night."

On Wednesday's (Nov. 30) hour-long 'Grammy Nominations Concert Live,' set to air on CBS, LL Cool J, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Ric

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Soul Train Awards 2011: Cee Lo, Common, Whodini Perform

There were trophies to hand out at the 40th annual Soul Train Awards, which took place earlier this month in Atlanta and aired last night (Nov. 27) on BET, but as with any show of its kind, the real highlights were the live performances

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Common Goes to the Streets of Haiti for ‘Sweet’ Video — Watch

Plenty of rappers have shot videos in tropical locales, but 'Sweet,' the clip Common debuted last night (Nov. 14), is not your typical fun-and-sun escapist romp.

It was filmed on location in Haiti, a country

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Common Opens Up About Role in ‘Hell on Wheels’ TV Series

November is looking to be a big month for Common. Aside from the release of his ninth studio album, 'The Dreamer, The Believer,' and a spot in the animated film 'Happy Feet 2,' the Chicago native will debut his latest acting role on the AMC series 'Hell on Wheels.'

Set in 1865, the Western-themed show features the rapper-turned-actor playing the role of an emancipated slave trying to gain acceptance in post-slavery America. "It'

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Common Says Maya Angelou on New LP, ‘Blue Sky’ Is Relatable

Three years after the lukewarm success of his last album, 'Universal Mind Control,' rapper Common is ready to take his fans back to the basics. The Chicago MC, whose lyrical intrigue has long been based around his appreciation for spoken word poetry, chose to take listeners in a new, yet sonically familiar direction for his latest album, 'The Dreamer, The Believer.' Unlike his electro-inspired previous album, th

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‘I Used to Love H.E.R.’ — 25 Rap Songs About Women

While hip-hop has born countless phrases and trends, from its B-Boy days to Auto-Tune's eminence, coastal beef to Southern dominance, some of the music's most enduring contributions, in any era, have been songs about the ladies

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Common Conjures Up a ‘Blue Sky’ — Listen

Common has leaked a soulful second single, 'Blue Sky,' from his forthcoming No I.D.-produced album 'The Dreamer, The Believer.'

The Windy City MC, who has reunited with his old collaborator for an album's worth of Chi-t

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