Last week, Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb definitely shook things up when they dropped their collaborative effort, “Chi-Raq.” The song was quite polarizing, as many thought the song was exploitive on Nicki’s part. Others thought the joint was simply a good look for Herb. Either way, everyone felt some type of way about it.
After “Chi-Raq” dropped a flood of “Chi-Raq” freestyles hit the inbox, with dozens of emcees setting out to tackle the track. Katie Got Bandz made a whole lot of noise with her version, while FM Supreme turned around the track and took aim at Nicki on it.
One of the most noteworthy versions of “Chi-Raq” came from rising female Chicago emcee Dreezy, who grabbed a ton of new fans with her rendition. The track even grabbed Common’s attention, so much in fact that he brought Dreezy up to 107.5 WGCI to discuss the track and Dreezy’s version with UB Rodriguez.
Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Kanye West’s Donda’s House Inc. will be teaming up with the Chicago Urban League for a new youth jobs initiative and a new music festival, AAHH! Fest.
Common made the announcement during a press conference yesterday at the Museum of Contemporary Art alongside Rhymefest of Donda’s House and later released more information via a press release on ThinkCommon.com:
Common, and the Common Ground Foundation, Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, and Kanye West’s Donda’s House, Inc. Creative Director, Rhymefest held a press conference at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, to discuss the state of their organizations, upcoming projects and announced the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The groups united for Chicago youth to advocate and garner commitment in organizing government, nonprofit and for profit stakeholders to push for more funding and resources to create youth employment opportunities. With the common missions threaded through each organization as well as their distinct influence in specific communities, the groups rallied to both challenge themselves and others to create job opportunities for youth, year round.
Hit the jump for information on the first annual AHH! Fest.
I’ve never seen Game of Thrones on HBO, but I know people frequently rant and rave about it. So much so that they decided to drop a mixtape in support of the show — a first for an HBO series, no? A Soprano’s mixtape would’ve been too fire, though.
Anyhoo, here’s Com Sense’s contribution to the Catch the Throne tape, which drops on April 11th. Wale, Big Boi and others will be featured. Game of Thrones returns to Home Box Office on April 6th. Tune in.
Produced by No ID
So far we’ve heard two joints from Common’s new project, Nobody Smiling. The Ab-Soul featured “Made In America” and “War.” The project is to be executed by super producer No ID, and is due out sometime later this year.
Well today we get a preview of a third joint, which you’ll be able to hear in full on CNN’s new documentary on Chicago, Chicagoland. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you’re surely aware of CNN’s new eight-part series, which makes it premiere tomorrow night at 9pm on CNN.
The series focuses on Chicago in the summer months and covers everything from Rahm Emanuel to Principal Dozier at Fenger High. We caught the premiere last night at the Bank of America Theater and it was nothing short of amazing. We highly suggest you tune in to the series weekly, with it kicking off tomorrow night.
Later in the series local figures such as Chance The Rapper, Hebru Brantley and Billy Dec are highlighted. Hell, even FSD gets some shine in episode five. So check out a preview of the series above, and hear some of Common’s new joint throughout.
While at Power 106 for The #LIFTOFF, Com Sense blessed the L.A. Leakers with a freestyle straight off the dome over “The Food”. Doesn’t get much doper than that.
Produced by No I.D.
The tag team of Common and No I.D. continue their run of solid records with “Made In Black America”, which features TDE representative Ab-Soul. This is second joint we’ve gotten since Common announced his Nobody’s Smiling LP with No I.D. (“War” was the first) and it’s just what you would expect from Com, Dion and Soulo.
This joint’s crazy. Listen for yourself below. Nobody’s Smiling drops later this year.
As part of his ongoing interview with Vibe, the magazine asked the Chicago legend about his thoughts on Chicago’s new crop of artists. Com expressed that he had a lot of love for Chance The Rapper and his sound, and also cited that he’s a fan of Vic Mensa, Lil Herb and Lil Bibby. Note to Chicago artists: you just never know who is watching.
In a recent interview with Vibe, the mag caught up with Com Sense to talk about his forthcoming album, Nobody Smiling, which is due out this spring. Yesterday we learned that No ID is set to produce the entire offering, and in this new interview Common talks in detail about the album, and reveals features. He announces Vince Staples and James Fauntleroy will contribute, and also hints that a slew of up-and-coming Chicago rappers will appear.