September 2009

Chicago

Common To Work With No ID, Kanye West & Twilite Tone on Upcoming Album

Ynot + Common Sense

Today XXL confirmed what I’d long heard and (kind of) known:  that Rash was to reunite with No ID on his upcoming album, The Believer.  What I hadn’t heard, however, was that he was also returning to the lab with the one and only THE Twilite Tone.  Hey, why not? (Pow!)

This, to my knowledge, is the first time Common will receive production from Tone and Dion since One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which is my favorite Common album if you’re keeping score at home.

During the benefit show for his Common Ground Foundation over the weekend, Com told XXLMag.com that he has already recorded tracks with Kanye and No I.D. for the project, which he expects to hit stores sometime next spring.

No I.D. has been producing songs for the rapper/actor ever since Com first broke out onto the scene in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar? He went on to produce the majority of Common’s next two albums: Resurrection and One Day It’ll All Make Sense.

Along with signing the fellow Chicago resident to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, Kanye produced the bulk of Com’s highest selling album 2005’s Be, as well as 2007’s Finding Forever.

Common also said he has been in the studio with beatsmith Twilight Tone, who he hasn’t worked with since his debut.

For shits and giggles (Whatever happened to Chantay Savage?)

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Chicago

Freddie Gibbs – “Thug Psalms”

And you guys wonder why Gibbs is one of my favorite emcees breathing right now.  Not only does he have a great ear for beats, he also picks dope, unconquered (or rarely conquered) ‘industry’ instrumentals to rock over.  Not just the standard “hot” song of the moment, that 4,000 other people have also remade.  And that my friends, is what separates the emcees who will thrive in this industry and the ones who are simply lemmings.  No shots, of course.

Here he goes in over Ras Kass’ “Understandable Smooth”, which is quite possibly my favorite song from the Waterproof MC.  Ras’ version got caught up in label politics (which has plagued most of his career) and sample clearance issues, so this one has been a file sharing and (mostly) internet only gem – unless you got the white label, of course. 

This is #91 of the DJBooth.net’s Freestyle Series.

Freddie Gibbs – “Thug Psalms”

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Chicago

Video: Mic Terror, Million $ Mano, Hollywood Holt & John James [Da Phedz] – “Freak Ass Playa” (Live)

Da Phedz, a group consisting of Mic Terror, Million $ Mano, Hollywood Holt, John James and a whole slew of others, took the stage during Mic T’s set the other night at Sub-T.  They premiered their triggaman-infused collaboration “Freak Ass Playa”, which I hear is an absolute monster.  I’m looking forward to this joint leaking.

Video courtesy of Gold Coast TV

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