Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Common

Toppa Top 10: Kanye West’s Most Jamaican Moments


Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden and Jesse Serwer—

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tix, Be Photographer For A Day At UCLA JazzReggae Fest

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Common Dreams: Lonnie Lynn x Haiti Round II

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Mr. World Premiere

As you may be aware, Common recently traveled to Port-au-Prince to film the video for “Sweet,” the new single from his upcoming The Dreamer/The Believer. Presumably the rapper’s trip to Haiti had something to do with his work with the anti-slavery campaign, Call + Response, which is documented in Common Dreams, a documentary from CNN’s Freedom Project. The 40-minute film follows Common as he travels to Haiti to learn about, and bring attention to, the Restaveks, Haitian children forced to work as domestic servants, the numbers of which are estimated to be as high as 300,000. Watch the film below, and find out how to contribute to anti-slavery efforts in Haiti here.

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Sweet Deal: Watch Common’s New Video, Support Haitian Relief

Words by Jesse Serwer

Common premiered the video for his new single “Sweet” last night on Ustream, as part of a fundraising effort to support Haiti’s recovery from last year’s devastating earthquake. The cost was minimal and more than worthwhile: $1, with all proceeds going to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Shot over a four day trip to Port-au-Prince last month, the video is a dizzying, cinema vérité journey through the city, with Common adopting a notably gruff demeanor to match the aggressiveness of a record on which he proclaims, “I am to hip-hop what Obama is to politics” and “when it comes to hip-hop it begins and ends with me.” Friends in the White House or not, we’re guessing The Dreamer/The Believer (out next month) is going to feel more like Resurrection than Electric Circus.

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The Believers: Behind the Scenes of Common’s “Sweet” Video Shoot in Haiti

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

It seems like rapper-turnt-actor and Okayplayer for life Common stepped off the set of one video shoot in LA and right onto a gulfstream jet bound for Port-Au-Prince to shoot the next one, for the next single off his forthcoming LP The Dreamer, The Believer.  The track is called “Sweet” and Common is clearly at fighting weight for this appearance. And based on the francophone snippet playing in the background the song should be le mastodonte–even if it sounds more like “Les Fleur” than Sweet Micky (FYI, it’s actually a sample from Tropeau Bleu, the 1975 LP from Cortex–thank you Dr. Google!). Team Com looks like they are making the most of their Haiti trip and most of all its good to see Port-au-Prince on the same world-conquering itinerary that includes The NY Times best seller list and the White House. Check it out and stay chuned for more on this.

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Good Morn': John Legend and The Roots Join Forces

Words by J-Rockaz

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John Legend and The Legendary Roots Crew have teamed up on a new project and with a meeting of the musical minds like that, you know the collaboration is sincere. Wake Up! is the name of their new album and it definitely speaks to you. It’s a soulful body of work, of course, but a nice surprise is the little splash of reggae that dropped in on the project. Don’t miss track number 8, “Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be).” You’ll have to cop the LP to hear it in all it’s glory but you can get catch the vibe and some insight into the tune’s significance from John and ?uestlove on this track by track breakdown:

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