Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden and Jesse Serwer—
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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.
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.
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.