Another Hard-Hitting Common Interview

How come every Common interview asks him the same damn softball questions ? Seriously. Where’s the hard-hitting stuff? Wait until FSD gets a chance to speak with Lonnie (we’ll see if that ever happens), I’m going to ask him questions that the real Chicago heads want to know.

Like, will there be any Chicago artists (besides Kanye) on the album? Is No ID involved? These are things I want to know!!

Anyhoo, Common sat down with Parlour Magazine to discuss his upcoming album, Invincible Summer. They at least asked him how he feels about alienating his fanbase:

P: You don’t think you’ll alienate your core fan base of incense-lighting backpackers and ladies waiting for a love song by talking about booties and strippers? What are you trying to achieve?

C: My goal is to make good creative songs and, man, try not to over-rap. I can’t predict how it’s going to sell, but I think it’s going to do well. Since I’m not starting as an unknown, I’m going to make music that appeals to me. It ain’t all about sales at this point. It ain’t like if the music doesn’t sell, I won’t be able to pay my rent. At this point, the music is a part of my brand as a business man but it’s not what I rely on to take care of my responsibilities.

Whoa there! I’ve been buying* Common albums since Can I Borrow A Dollar, and I’ve never had anyone refer to me as an “incense-lighting backpacker”. Whatever happened to “coffee shop chicks and white dudes”

Just sayin….

Via Es

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The NY Daily News wasn’t Impressed with Kanye

pic jacked from H.E.R.

Ruh-roh. Looks like the New York Daily News gave Kanye’s Glow In The Dark Tour stop in NYC a less-than-glowing review.

**shots fired**

Titled “Kanye West’s Wrong Direction”, Jim Farber (no relation!), writes:

By appearing as a solitary figure on a blank expanse – with his band banished to a place literally beneath him – West seemed remote, static and even lonely. Your average production of “Waiting for Godot” sees more action than this. Couple that with the dark lighting and heavy use of fog, and fans had little more to behold than a shadowy blur, relieved only by repetitive videos of explosions to simulate drama…

…Next time West may want to take a cue from one of his three opening acts –Lupe Fiasco – who came out all the stronger for letting two singers sometimes upstage him. A little humility goes a long way.

Ouch! I wonder how Yeezy is going to respond to this? Is Jim Farber right with his claims, or is he trying to use this review to draw attention to himself after seeing the way Kanye flipped on Entertainment Weekly? What do you think?

I think a vocoder diss song is probably in the works.

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Mixtape: Rashid Hadee – A Change Gon Come

I meant to post this yesterday when it was “officially” released, but I wasn’t sure if it was available for free download or not. Turns out it is.

Rash and this mixtape are super official, so I highly recommend you check it out. Again, if you aren’t familiar with Rashid’s work, check out “Dreams” from Little Brother’s Getback to get more acquainted.

Hosted by Big Pooh

01.Big Pooh Intro
02. “A Change Gon’ Come”
03. “Pushers”
04. “You Can’t Hide”
05. “High Wednesday” Feat. Primeridian
06. “Heart Beat (Freestyle)”
07. “Back to Business” Feat. Melatone of Chapter 13 (Prod. By J-Dilla)
08. “What is it” Feat. Astonish & Jay Vega
09. “Fresh” Feat. Visual
10. “Explode” (Prod. By Analogic)
11. “Dreams (Interlude)”
12. “Dreams” Feat. Little Brother
13. “Feels Good” (Prod. By Dj PHD)
14. “When We Rock” Feat. Abstract Mindstate & Iomos Marad
15. “We Roll (Freestyle)”
16. “Watchin’ My Moves”
17. “Standing for Something” Feat. Thaione Davis (Prod. By Madlib)
18. “Duck, Duck, Duck’ Feat. Young Valentine
19. “You Never Know” Feat. Furlee of The Landlords
20. “Getting’ It In” Feat. Donwill of Tanya Morgan
21. “Black Sunday” Feat. Augustine & KING
22. “Fallin” Feat. Abstract Mindstate & O-Type Star
23. “Surrender”
24. “Surrender (Brand New Remix)” Feat. Rita J.
25. “Focused” Feat. F.O.O.D. (Decay & Selfish)
26. “Flyin’ High” Feat. Abstract Mindstate
27. “Oxygen” Feat. Pugs Atomz (Prod. By Pete Rock)
28. “All Day” Feat. Skinny Kenny
29. “Glam, Glitter” Feat. Cap D of All Natura
l30. “How Long” Feat. KING
31. Outro
32. “My Life Story”
All tracks produced by Rashid Hadee except where noted.

Download directly here:

Thanks to Pugs, Rashid and Cosm Roks

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