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N.W.A Reunite for Coachella, Ice Cube Brings Out Snoop Dogg and Common

The last time N.W.A reunited, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella performed at the BET Experience in Los Angeles last year (with one caveat:…
Rachel Brodsky / April 17, 2016

New BFFs Ice Cube and Common Perform Together on ‘The Tonight Show’

After a storied beef that lasted years, rappers Ice Cube and Common have buried the hatchet and are co-starring in the film Barbershop: The Next…
Dan Weiss / April 12, 2016

Ice Cube and Common Mend Their Differences on Super-Sincere ‘Real People’

Ice Cube and Common have carved up their well-aged rap beef and set down a new joint track, "Real People." It comes via the soundtrack to…
Anna Gaca / March 24, 2016

The Ten Things About the 2016 Grammys That Are Gonna Piss Everyone Off

If righteous indignation isn't the reflexive reaction for most folks when watching the Grammys, it's probably at least their preferred mode of viewership. Because really,…
Andrew Unterberger / February 12, 2016

Common Joins the Cast of DC Comics’ ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie

Common, fresh off of his Oscar-winning contribution to the Glory soundtrack, is headed to the big screen again to play a spandex-wearing supervillain. The rapper…
James Grebey / April 23, 2015

Common and John Legend Win Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Glory’

The awards keep rolling in for John Legend and Common. After earning a Golden Globe for "Glory," the two have officially won a Best Original…
Rachel Brodsky / February 23, 2015

Win Butler and Common to Compete in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Win Butler has proved that he's a talented singer and guitarist, but what are his free-throw skills like? We'll soon know the answer to that…
James Grebey / February 5, 2015

Oscars 2015 Best Original Song Nominees: John Legend and Common, Diane Warren, and More

This morning, the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced. John Legend and Common are leading the the Best Original Song trophy, thanks to "Glory,"
SPIN Staff / January 15, 2015

Common and John Legend Win Best Original Song Golden Globe for ‘Glory’

With a combined 11 Grammy Awards already to their credit, Common and John Legend now have to clear room on their mantles for a Golden…
Andrew Unterberger / January 12, 2015

Common Brought Out Michael Brown’s Parents at the BET Hip Hop Awards

Common brought Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, on stage last night for a powerful moment of silence following the rapper's tribute performance…
James Grebey / October 15, 2014

Kanye West Surprised Common’s AAHH! Fest With a 16-Song Greatest Hits Set

Though he's always showing up in places you wouldn't expect him to be, there's still really no bigger "special surprise guest" you can have on…
Colin Joyce / September 22, 2014

There Is a ‘Game of Thrones’ Rap Mixtape and Big Boi Is on It

HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has fans in acts like CHVRCHES, the National, and the Hold Steady, each of whom have covered or…
Dan Reilly / March 5, 2014

Common and Ab-Soul are ‘Made in Black America’ on Soulful Cut

Common has shared a new track from his forthcoming 10th album, the No I.D.-produced Nobody Smiling. The follow-up to January's "War" features Black Hippy star Ab-Soul and…
Chris Martins / February 13, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Yep, There’s a Kanye West and ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Mash-Up

Astro Kid, "My Neighbor Yeezus"Wherein some Soundcloud weirdo layers the candy-colored marching-band weirdness of Joe Hisaishi's "Sampo" — from the soundtrack to Hayao Miyazaki's much-loved, low…
Brandon Soderberg / January 9, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Rick Rubin Rescues That Whole Linkin Park/Steve Aoki Thing

Grip Plyaz, "Ray Lewis"These past few years, Atlanta freakazoid Grip Plyaz has figured out how to blur the lines between earworm and meme, releasing don't-box-me-in-bruh…
Brandon Soderberg / October 31, 2013

Pitbull and Common Ride for Jay-Z on ‘Open Letter’ Remakes

"Would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?" That's been an unspoken question hanging in the air ever since a couple of…
Marc Hogan / April 16, 2013

Game and Common Are Divine on ‘Jesus Piece,’ Kanye West Backslides

First things first, Kanye West doesn't deserve his name on the marquee of this one. Yeezy may have absolutely murdered Rihanna's "Diamonds" last month, but…
Chris Martins / December 5, 2012

Kanye West Deflates Ego for ‘Cruel Summer’ Promo Video

If the prevailing verdict on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew album Cruel Summer seems to be that Yeezy won't allow anyone to outshine him, he's…
Marc Hogan / September 20, 2012

G.O.O.D. Music, ‘Cruel Summer’ (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)

Everything about Cruel Summer, the first compilation album from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew, should play like a victory lap — run in Oscar De…
Christopher R. Weingarten / September 17, 2012

Play Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music ‘Cruel Summer’ Leak Bingo

Kanye West has been promising to finally drop his G.O.O.D. label's first comp, Cruel Summer for about a year now. Since Mother Nature has a…
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