This weekend’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival featured a slew of dope classic and up and coming artists. Among them, Mobb Deep, Freeway, Charles Hamilton and Lion Babe.
And oh, Common. He brought out Foxy Brown as his surprise guest and video of their performance can be seen below.
Saving the best for last tonight: Malik Yusef sat down with Beats by Dre in their headquarters for a fascinating interview/story about the first time Kanye West and Common appeared together on a record.
It was for Malik’s “Wouldn’t You Like To Ride” that was featured on the Coach Carter soundtrack (ahh, good high school memories) and the story behind it will make ‘Ye fans blush. Kanye was bold and self-confident in selling the beat to Malik and the final product is a feel-good Chicago jam still today (along with these visuals.)
Flat out, this is a quick, must-see interview above.
We’ve known now that Common is in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, but we still don’t know who he’ll play.
Today’s first look paparazzi pics of Common on the set give us an indication though. It won’t be the rumored character of Aquaman’s enemy, Black Manta, but THR suggests he’ll play Tattooed Man (believe it or not) based on the photos. Bronze Tiger is another speculated option.
More photos below, with above via TMZ.
RZA’s newest film endeavor will involve more artists from the hip hop world and is directly connected to spoken word.
That’s because RZA is set to direct the film titled… wait for it… Spoken Word. Azealia Banks is set for the lead character, Coco, with Common and Jill Scott reportedly to star too. Here’s the premise, from the IMDB page. Sounding good!
Banks will play a fiery 20-something female rapper named Coco. Set in Brooklyn, the film documents her struggles in pursuing a career in hip-hop, while also attempting to fulfill her parent’s expectations of finishing college. Having returned to school, Coco soon discovers the vivid world and ultimate power of the spoken word, where she finds her one true voice and an unlikely love in the classroom.
Common‘s run with the NBA continues as he narrates the new, goosebump inducing commercial to hype up the forthcoming NBA Finals. It’s masterfully edited with some of the league’s most memorable Finals moments so sit back and feel the nostalgia. Directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and set to hit your TVs tonight as the Eastern Conference Finals tip off in Atlanta.
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