Watch Common In The Trailer For Barbershop 3: The Next Cut


It’s been almost 12 years since the last Barbershop movie was released. 12 years? Yeah, time flies. And not many movie franchises can stand to take off so much time and still come back strong, but that’s just what Cube plans to do with part 3, The Next Cut. 

The third installment arrives in theaters on April 15th and stars Chicago’s own Common Sense, Nicki Minaj, Eve, Cedric The Entertainer and others. It finds the gang back in the Chi, and you can now watch the trailer below.

And yes, 20 years after Common and Cube beefed and “The Bitch In Yoo” these two are starring in movies together. Who’d a thunk it?

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The Twilite Tone f/ Common, King Louie & Lil Herb & More – Put The Guns Down


Directed By Andre Mayon

Powerful music courtesy of Chicago Ideas Week. The group has been quietly working on this song and video for quite some time now and it’s finally come to fruition. The mission is simple: to curb the senseless and tragic gun violence plaguing the City of Chicago. And to help with that task they’ve secured a troop of the city’s best and brightest artists to take part: Common, King Louie, G Herbo, Katie Got Bandz, Saba, Tree, No Name Gypsy, Mic Terror, & Nick Jr. of Treated Crew.

The track was produced by the legendary The Twilite Tone and was executive produced by John Monopoly.

Says CIW:

If music can motivate someone to pick up a gun, can it inspire them to put the gun down? With this simple question, Music Versus Gun Violence was born – a social movement led by Chicago Ideas, Leo Burnett, and Grammy-nominated artist Anthony “The Twilite Tone” Kahn that aims to help prevent gun violence in Chicago through music.

Check out the touching and powerful video below and salute to all artists involved below.

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AAHH! Fest 2015 Has Been Cancelled


Unfortunately, Common and Donda House’s AAHH! Fest will be taking the year off. Festival spokesperson Micaeh Johnson recently spoke to the Tribune and announced that the festival will not be taking place in Union Park this year due to a ‘demanding year,’ but will be returning in September 2016.


The West Side festival, which featured comedian Dave Chappelle and Chicago natives Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Jennifer Hudson last year, will return in September 2016, fest spokeswoman Micaeh Johnson said in an email to the Tribune. Auditions slated to be held this month were canceled.

“Keeping with our commitment to excellence and the significant undertaking of this event, combined with the incredible and very demanding year we have had, the next festival will be held in September 2016,” Johnson wrote. She did not respond to follow-up questions.

I’ll admit, I’m a little sad that the festival won’t be happening this year, but hey — great things take time. See you in 2016, AAHH! Fest.

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The Cromwell Boutique Hotel & Casino to Welcome Common


This weekend, The Cromwell on South Las Vegas Boulevard will open their doors to Grammy Award winning hip hop artist Common for a live performance at their sought-after rooftop nightclub, Drai’s. This will be the rapper’s second-to-last local tour stop (his next destination is Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn) before he jets across international waters to Japan.

Having pioneered an underground hip hop movement in Chicago in the early 1990s, Common offered something entirely different from contemporary rappers of the time like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. With jazz and funk influences, spoken word poetry and old school beats, he reigned in a new age of hip hop that quickly garnered him international acclaim and a collection of musical accolades. Although lately he’s been busy working on several movie sets, Common has taken the time out of his filming schedule to share his lyrical poetry from his latest album Nobody’s Smiling with fans all over the country, including Las Vegas. While Sin City might still be known as a gambling capital, over the years it has grown to be one of the most popular music tour stops and concert destinations for both world famous and rising artists.

Truthfully, music has always been a vital component for Vegas’ spectrum of entertainment, but recently it has taken precedence over other types of non-gaming revenue in various integrated resorts. Since the introduction of online gaming sites nearly two decades ago, brick-and-mortar facilities have been negatively impacted as evidenced by declining revenues, especially when online portals started promoting benefits such as free bonuses for new customers.

While a lot of the Vegas excitement occurs on the gaming floor due to its lively atmosphere, numerous casino operators have decided to bring the festivities outside of the casino by sponsoring a myriad of music fests and inviting world-famous acts to perform in their nightclubs. This has ignited the proliferation of festivals and concerts in nightclubs in Las Vegas, providing artists a variety of ways to perform live for their dedicated fans.

Common will be performing at Drai’s Rooftop Nightclub on Friday, August 21, starting at 10pm. Tickets are available on

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