Common unveils "Kingdom" featuring Vince Staples | New Music

New music from Hip Hop royalty Common in the form of the Vince Staples featuring "Kingdom", the latest track taken from the forthcoming Nobody's Smiling album.

The 42 year old Chicago repping rapper, actor, activist and writer tackles the rising level of violence in his hometown and utilises his platform to evoke change and brings along the California hailing rising rapper to bridge the generational gap.
This is truly something powerful.

The official video will be released soon, but for now take a peek at a snippet of the Hype Williams directed visual below...

Common unleashes "War" from new No I.D. produced album 'Nobody's Smiling'

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Adding to the long list of exciting projects set to be released in 2014, one of Hip Hop's greatest Common throws his hat into the ring with the announcement of a new album produced entirely by esteemed beatsmith No I.D.Read more

Aaradhna f/ Common - "Wake Up" [Remix] | New Music

New Zealand born R&B artist Aaradhna Patel has teamed up with Chicago hailing rapper Common for the remix of her single "Wake Up.Read more

Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Common + Patrick Stump – “I Stand Alone”

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"The only test is to survive; I will succeed."

With the sequel to their impeccable Black Radio album releasing in exactly a month today, Robert Glasper Experiment's new single "I Stand Alone" proves to be a compelling listen with thoughtful verses from Common and an emotive, motivating chorus from Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. Read more

Robert Glasper Experiment unveil "Calls" f/ Jill Scott + Black Radio 2 tracklist f/ Brandy, Emeli Sandé

Now this is exactly what I wanted to hear today! Following the international success of the critically acclaimed and GRAMMY award winning 2012 album release Black Radio, revered pianist and musician Robert Glasper and the Robert Glasper Experiment are set to bring us the sequel Black Radio 2 on October 29th via Blue Note Records and today we get the first taster from the superstar packed LP.Read more

Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious | Album Review


Two years since his previous effort Gutter Rainbows hit stores, Brooklyn rhymer Talib Kweli drops off his fifth solo album Prisoner of Conscious. With an array of featured guests, a magnitude of rhythmically responsive instrumental backdrops and more subject matters than a book of short stories, the 15 track lyrical get down is a tempo frenzy of intellectual poetry. Read more

Omar - The Man | Album Review


“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This is definitely something that singer Omar Lye-Fook can relate to. As a longstanding member of the UK soul community, since the mid 80‘s he’s been part responsible for putting the UK on the map musically. Not changing his delivery, creative mindset or his target audience, whether it’s his happy-go-lucky attitude to life or his passionate application to making music, you just can’t help but love him. Respected by everybody, hated by none, having him back after seven years is some what of a relief. Read more

Kanye West x The Beatles - "Southside My Dear" [Mash-Up] | New Music


Kanye West's genre-bending music has already spawned a couple of mash-up albums - but there's always room for one more. This time around, the Chicago-hailing rapper's music gets mashed up with music from the '60s using some of The Beatles' classics.

The idea for the pairing by Mr. Troublesome comes from a line on Kanye's "Gorgeous" taken from his critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy where he says "And what’s a black Beatle anyway," which is also where the title of the upcoming mash up album comes from.

The first single from the project What's A Black Beatle is “Southside My Dear” which features The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear” and Kanye’s Common assisted “Southside” which you can listen to and download below.

The man behind the project had this to say about it:

”I always felt like Kanye would fit so much with The Beatles. Kanye’s musical deformation to pop music has made him be not just a rapper. He forgets about genres. Kanye has no styles. And the level of composition in rap music never been so elevated since Kanye came around.
I wanna dispense this project. Dont want to make a simple mix.. so it will take time. When you touch The Beatles, it’s hard to make something better than the original versions. I gotta be really meticulous. I can’t stain their legacy. I will make it with the most subtlety possible. Will do it how Ye would make it. Keeping the essence and redefining these legends. Kanye opened the gates for modern rap and influenced experimental / modern ’00 music, Beatles opened the gates for music and influenced music history and everyone. They are innovators. So is perfect to mix both because they are musical trangressors from different eras. Mind blown a little bit.
It’s gonna be a peculiar fusion. Everything will sound ideal”

Expect What's A Black Beatle out later this summer.


Elijah Blake f/ Common - "X.O.X." | Music Video

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SoulCulture 13 For 13 certified dope RnB newcomer Elijah Blake unveils his eagerly anticipated debut music video for the incredible single "X.O.X".Read more

JAY Z x Common - "Open Letter Pt. II" | New Music

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With everyone and their mother attempting to freestyle over, remake or re-trace JAY Z's recent "Open Letter" cut, we are in for a flood of weak as wet cardboard cutout versions (yes I'm talking to you Pitbull), today we get a remix featuring one of the very few that have the Hip Hop Jesus given right to drop a verse on the cut.Read more

Cocaine 80s f/ Common - "Congratulations" | New Music

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The Artium repping collective Cocaine 80s, led by production wizard No I.D., deliver another chunk of audio crack in the form of the impressive new track "Congratulations".

The soulful headnodder features a reflective narrative from the 80s affiliate and Hip Hop icon Common comprised of various tales relationships, friendships and life events. A definite highlight for fans of great storytelling, press play and enjoy below.

Listen To: Cocaine 80s f/ Common - "Congratulations"

We are loving this one over here at SC:HQ. Let us know what you think in the C-Section.

Big Sean performs "Switch Up" live for the first time [Video]


Taking over the University of Southern California to headline Springfest 2013, Big Sean not only treated his fans to a string of his hits but also took the oppurtunity to perform his recently released "Switch Up" live for the first time for the lively crowd.

The song, produced by No I.D., Rob Kinelski and Million $ Mano, fitted in perfectly with the Springfest activities as Sean bounced around the stage energetically accompanied by the banging beat supporting him. Despite Common not being able to make it to do his verse, Sean represented his G.O.O.D Music affiliates by going straight into the cliques remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like."

Speaking of his G.O.O.D Music affiliates, after taking to Twitter to clear up rumours that certain lyrics on the song were a shot at Kid Cudi's departure from the label (“The same team? Nah, I ain’t switch up”), Sean further reiterated the point before heading into the track saying that it definitely isn't a diss track.

"This is real mutha f*ckin song, it aint no diss song. It's just for everybody. This my first time doing this sh*t for USC, my first time doing it in the world, so we gotta turn the f*ck up."

Watch the performance below.

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Big Sean f/ Common - "Switch Up" | New Music


With the anticipation building for his sophomore album Hall Of Fame, Big Sean drops the Common assisted banger "Switch Up".

With production coming from a trio of producers - Million $ Mano (Kanye West's DJ), No I.D., and Rob Kinelski - the track has hit the ground running. Sending the internet in to a frenzy, listeners have already been concluding that the track, which features the lyrics, "The same team? Nah, I ain't switch up," might be directed at KiD CuDi - who recently announced his departure from the  G.O.O.D. Music label. However, with a few tweets put out by both parties, Sean assures listeners that "Switch Up" is in no way, shape, or form directed at CuDi.

Listen to "Switch Up" below.

Charmingly Ghetto - "No Lime" Freestyle [Video]


After dropping the beautifully delicate "School Daze" about a month ago, Charmingly Ghetto gets back to his authentically gritty Hip-Hop roots with a freestyle titled "No Lime".

Filmed during a radio interview on WERS, Ghetto weaves in and out of intricate wordplays with enough bars to go over in your head that the rewind button might become your best friend during this one. Spitting over the Large Professor produced "Resurrection" remix, originally performed by Common, the Boston emcee is definitely one to keep an eye on, especially with the likes of Joey Bada$$ and Bishop Nehru bringing that 90's sound back full circle.

Peep the freestyle below, and be on the look out for Charmingly Ghetto's new yet-to-be-titled mixtape in the coming months.

Common kicks a freestyle on Sway In The Morning [Video]


The Chi-Town mic wrecker Common is spotted in Hollywood more than a microphone booth these days but an emcee will always be an emcee and he proves it in this video from Sway In The Morning. After some goading from Heather B, Common puts down an OFF THE TOP freestyle over Heltah Skeltah's classic "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka." Read more

Common x J. Period - "The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)" | New Music

Common's "I Used To Love H.E.R." is undoubtedly classic material, so anything remotely related to that song is going to grab attention. "The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)" continues where the Resurrection track left off and describes Common's current relationship with hip-hop music. J. Period provides production and "Next Chapter" features a healthy dose of scratching and mixing from the original with added guitar riffs and slow-nod drums.

This track will feature on J. Period's upcoming mixtape Rage is Back, which will drop on February 12.