Okay, so the day is almost over, but we finished this post just in time to show the love it deserved. It’s hard to believe that it has been nine years since the passing of J Dilla. Almost a clean decade. It’s scary how quickly time moves on. Thinking back 10 years, my life was completely different as were all of yours who are now reading this. So it goes without saying that 10 years ago the careers of Common and The Roots were quite different as well. But this video goes back even further — 13 years to be exact — to the summer of 2002, when The Soulquarians were in the lab working on their respective projects.
Sure, The Roots and Com Sense were popping, but this was before Selma and movies and Jimmy Fallon and all of that. It was just about the music. A different era. Common was working on the follow up to his breakthrough album, Like Water For Chocolate, which garnered the Chi City pioneer his first RIAA plaque. The Roots were doing the same on the heels of the Grammy-winning hit that was Things Fall Apart. But most importantly, Jay Dee was still alive and was pushing the boundaries sonically on everything he touched (see Busta Rhymes’ Genesis, his own Welcome 2 Detroit). Especially Com’s adventurous album, Electric Circus. Panned by many, Electric Circus was seen as a step in the wrong direction for Com, who many thought was suffering from Baduizm at the time.
Common and John Legend have been invited to perform their powerful and award-winning single, “Glory,” at the Oscars on February 22nd.
I mean, that’s really all that needs to be said. Common is performing at the Oscars. 20+ years into his career. Amazing. You won’t want to miss that on 2/22 on ABC at 6pm.
I don’t even need to tell you, but the honorable Common is on fire right now. Not that he wasn’t before, but thanks to his latest release, “Glory,” he’s now being exposed to a whole new audience. Considering the message of the song, and Common’s message in general, it’s truly a beautiful thing. He’s a great representative for Chicago — and Hip-Hop as a whole.
That being said, Com and John Legend have been tapped to perform their award-winning collabo “Glory” at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8th. If you’re not going to be in attendance (many of Chi’s industry greats will), then you can catch on CBS at 7p CST.
Is Common undefeated in 2015 at this point? He just got the Golden Globe on Sunday. He was nominated for an Oscar this week, and last night he took home a Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Song for his collaboration with John Legend on “Glory.” One week, two big wins. Sheesh.
Check out his acceptance speech above.
So in case you’re keeping score at home, in 2015, Common has been nominated and won a Golden Globe, nominated for a Grammy, and has just been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for his collaboration with John Legend, “Glory,” from Selma.
We’re only 15 days in the new year, and I’d say Com is already having the best year ever. Seriously. I gotta tip my hat and give him a round of applause — very impressive. Common is truly A-list material.
The Academy Awards will air on Feb. 22nd on ABC. Best of luck.