Posts tagged "Common"

Kanye West’s Epic 2005 ‘Tim Westwood’ Freestyle Surfaces: Watch

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For kicks, BBC Radio 1′s Tim Westwood has revealed a 2005 Kanye West freestyle set to the Game‘s “Dreams,” Jay-Z‘s “Encore” and Common‘s “The Corner,” rap hits that West produced himself. West had just released his sophomore album Late Registration, but as his freestyle shows, he’s long known exactly what he wanted to achieve with his music.

Before “New Slaves,” West was rhyming of “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” — as in, how he was torn between gifting and protesting against them. He calls a woman a ho, only to apologize profusely. (He’s never been perfect.) And in a string of advice to rappers, he suggests enlisting singers for the hook — like Alicia Keys, or “light-skinned girls with braids, acting like they got it made.”(He did leap on a remix of “If I Ain’t Got You,” which kinda counts.) Speaking of advice: “As far as making your songs, you’re all wrong / doing everything that everybody else be on.” More »

Justin Bieber Surpasses Lady Gaga As Most-Followed Person On Twitter: Morning Mix

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:: Justin Bieber is now King of Twitter. Lady Gaga, who had 33,342,798 followers as of Tuesday evening, has ceded the throne (unwillingly, we’re assuming) now that Biebz has tallied 33,356,465 followers. [Reuters, because, news?]

:: Common says the Cruel Winter rumors are a load of bunk. “I don’t think that’s happening. It was more of a rumor — cats been creating, but everybody’s been doing their solo album.” Oh yeah, Kanye‘s definitely been “creating.” [Vulture]

:: Remember when Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper joined up for a haunting live cover of Gary Jules‘ version of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears? Well the two are apparently in talks to record a studio version! [Contactmusic]

:: Jennifer Hudson fans can get their first glimpse of the singer in the Sundance film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which was co-produced by Alicia Keys. And Smash this is not: in the clip, J-Hud has been transformed into a tatted-up drug addict. [Indiewire]

:: Coachella is fast approaching, but we have yet to see a lineup. However, the festival released an artsy trailer called “Bloom,” and we’re sure if you’re deep enough or high enough, you can uncover a few clues in there. [YouTube]

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Election 2012: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pink & Others Tweet On Election Day

Election Day is finally here, pop fans, and if you’re 18 and over, it’s time to get out there and hit the polls. If you won’t listen to us on that matter, perhaps you’ll adhere the advice of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Katy Perry and Pink, who have been tweeting up a red, white and blue storm. Even artists who aren’t from this country are getting into the conversation.

So as we sit and wait to find out whether President Barack Obama is heading into a second term or Governor Mitt Romney will be the 45th Commander In Chief of the United States In America, why not head below and check out our Election Day roundup of musicians’ tweets? More »

Kanye West, Kid Cudi And The Whole G.O.O.D. Music Crew Cover ‘Complex’

This month’s issue of Complex comes with one crowded cover, with the heads of eight members of the G.O.O.D. Music crew — including Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha T, Common and label founder Kanye West — forming a holy union. In anticipation of the release of their debut compilation, Cruel Summer (out August 7), the G.O.O.D family sat down for a round-table discussion,

West was happy to lend his face to the cover and the corresponding photo spread, but kept up his “no press” policy, letting his family members do the talking for him. “Kanye put himself in a class that nobody can match, as far as evolving, progressing, and taking the best of what we learn and making more out of it,” says Big Sean. “So the brand is just being the coolest. We dress the best, we rap the best, we sing the best, we look the best,” he laughs.

Head below for a behind-the-scenes of the cover shoot, and hop over to Complex for the full Q&A. More »

Colbie Caillat & Common Hit The Boardwalk In Their “Favorite Song” Video

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Not content with having conquered light rock radio stations last year with her hit “Brighter Than The Sun”, Cali girl Colbie Caillat is now aiming for a crossover pop smash with her new Common-featuring single “Favorite Song”. The sunny jam (like you expected anything else from Colbie?) comes armed with a bright, beach-set video that features Caillat and Common bopping around young beautiful people shooting hoops, skateboarding, catching rays and walking on the Venice boardwalk. Is this going to be your favorite song this summer? Watch above and find out.

Joe Jonas, The Roots And Queen Latifah Set For Philly Fourth Of July Jam

The City Of Brotherly Love is going to have some added fireworks on July 4, as the lineup for the 20th annual Philly Fourth Of July Jam has been announced. Jimmy Fallon‘s Late Night house band The Roots are set to headline the event, which drew a crowd of 500,000 concert-goers last year, and they’re also scheduled to play sets with the likes of Joe Jonas, Queen Latifah, Common and Philadelphia native Daryl Hall. “We are very excited to be back again as the headlining band for the Philly Fourth of July Jam,” Roots musical director ?uestlove said in a press release. “It is an amazing event and we are proud to be an integral part of the show. You can expect an Independence Day celebration full of music right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — Philly is the place to be for the 4th of July.” President Barack Obama‘s news slow-jamming session has yet to be announced.

Snoop Dogg To Star In NBC Sitcom — Morning Mix

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:: Snoop Dogg will reportedly star in a scripted family sitcom currently being developed at NBC. We hope it’s like The Cosby Show, but with more marijuana puns and more use of the suffix “izzle.” [Deadline]

:: Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. finally got his own solo on Tuesday’s “Asian F” episode; now he gets his own steamy, shirtless photo shoot. You’re welcome. [Socialite Life]

:: An 8-year-old English girl in a princess dress raps Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”. It’s as adorable as you think it’s going to be. [PopCrush]

:: Chris Marrs Piliero, director of videos by the likes of Britney Spears and Ke$ha, is putting up “I Want My Music Video Art Show”, a gallery of over 100 pieces of art inspired by over 100 music videos. Opening night this Friday at Meldown Comics, for you video-loving Los Angelinos. [MTV Buzzwothy]

:: Common samples Electric Light Orechestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” on new song “Blue Sky”. [SoulBounce]
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Colbie Caillat And Common Sing Your “Favorite Song”

Dear Song Of The Summer Selection Committee: Stop what you’re doing! Put down your votes! We have a late-minute candidate into this so far Lady Gaga-dominated race, and her name is Colbie Caillat. Yes, the patron saint of sunshine and sandal anthems has tossed her floppy beach hat into the ring, and her platform is simple: She wants to be your favorite song.

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Kanye West To Have A G.O.O.D. Time In Austin With Kid Cudi, John Legend & More

When Kanye West rolls into South By Southwest and takes the stage at the Vevo Power Station this Saturday night at 11:59 p.m., he’ll be joined by a bunch of his G.O.O.D. Music family members — John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Mr. Hudson, Cyhi The Prynce, Big Sean, and Mos Def will also make appearances at the inevitably overcrowded show. If you can’t get in, don’t sweat it too much — the all-star performance will be broadcast on Vevo on April 22, which, of course, is Good Friday.

Kanye West’s “Good Friday” MP3 Is Ready For You

Kanye West seemed so fixated on New York Fashion Week and his missing antique fish tank that, for a brief moment, we weren’t sure he’d be able to keep up with his scheduled weekly song giveaway. (Even Kanye seemed uncertain). But who are we kidding? ‘Ye is on fire right now, and seems incapable of letting us down. Last night he posted his third G.O.O.D. Friday track, a throwback jam that, like mixtape track “Wylin ‘Cause I’m Young”, features Kid Cudi… along with four(!) other artists. Listen below as Kanye reminds you that it’s Fashion Week. More »