Festival season isn’t over yet.
The first annual AAHH! Fest, by Common, will take place in Union Park on September 21st and the lineup looks amazing.
Com, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jay Elect and Lil Herb will all be hitting the stage, while Dave Chappelle will take hosting duties. A very special guest is also said to be gracing the stage, but only time will tell who that is. The festival will also include a community showcase curated by Rhymefest and featuring a performance from Diggy Simmons.
Excited yet? We are. Tickets and more details can be found here.
So this is only a brief snippet of Lil Herb’s new single featuring two Chicago greats, Common and Chance The Rapper. But you get an idea of what to expect from the remix of “Fight or Flight.” Now we can hear Common’s verse, and see they didn’t tweak the song too much. Hopefully that joint will be dropping sooner than later. This is sure to shake a few things up as it’s a collabo of epic proportions.
To see some behind-the-scenes pics from the shoot click here.
Shout out to Exact Publicity.
Yesterday afternoon, Com Sense was back in Chicago to link up with two leaders of the new school, Lil Herb and Chance The Rapper, to shoot the video for Herb’s “Fight or Flight (Remix),” which was produced by Brian “All Day” Miller.
“Fight or Flight” was clearly a standout record from Herbo’s Welcome To Fazoland mixtape, and they’re really pouring the gasoline on it by adding Chance and Common to the official remix. The first part of the video shoot took place yesterday in various locales around the city, and we’re told Chance is set to film his scenes over the weekend.
Check out some flicks from day one below.
This is dope. Jeff Staple is the founder/owner/bossman of Staple Design, Staple Clothing and the Reed Space in NYC. If you’re ever in the LES I highly suggest you check it out — I drop by just about every time I’m in the Big Apple. Anyhoo, 15 years ago Jeff Staple actually designed the artwork for one of my favorite Common singles ever, “1-9-9-9,” from the Soundbombing II compilation which dropped through Rawkus. Literally, I was probably banging that project/song on this exact day 15 years ago.
Here they reconnect to discuss Com’s career, his various projects and his latest masterpiece, Nobody’s Smiling, which is in stores and available online today. The question is, does Com remember working on that art with him or nah? Ha!
Cadillac Com hit the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and brought a few special guests with him. Common kicked things off with a performance of “Blak Majik” with songstress Jhené Aiko, which you can check out above.
Following that, Vince Staples joined Com on stage to perform “Kingdom”, which you can watch below. Remember, Common’s Nobody’s Smiling LP is available online and in stores now.
Produced by No I.D.
Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, has finally hit shelves and Target‘s offering up an exclusive bonus track with the deluxe edition of the LP titled “City To City”. If this one sounds familiar, it’s because Com originally premiered the song in an trailer for CNN’s Chicagoland series earlier this year.
I echo eskay’s sentiments that it’s about damn time this technology has been made available and implemented into album rollouts. If you have a budget to put out an album, then some of that should be allotted for digital content such as this. Not just vlogs about your vlogs. This is what I always thought the EnhancedCD technology from yesteryear would morph into, but then labels started trying to fight the Mp3 wave and make burn-proof CDs and what not instead of rolling out interesting and engaging bonus features. But I digress.
Common’s new album, Nobody’s Smiling, is available purchase right now and I’ll go on record as saying that it’s my favorite Common album since Be. At least right now. When I went to the Chicago listening session I thought it was dope, but I didn’t get the full experience until I was able to hear it in the quiet confines of my crib. Listening parties are great and all, but sometimes you just gotta spend some time with it by yourself.
So get some method to the madness of Common and No ID in the clip above, where they breakdown the album track by track. Pretty impressive that these two are still flourishing some 22 years later. Some don’t even last two. Think about it.
Directed by @JDDCdotTV
Here’s a quick teaser of the new Common and Big Sean video for “Diamonds.” Yeah, we usually don’t do previews, but it’s Common so we make exceptions. Watch ‘em shine bright like a diamond in the quick visual above.
Nobody’s Smiling next Tuesday.
Produced by No I.D.
One of the more anticipated tracks from Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, arrives a little early. ‘The Neighborhood” finds Com lyrically painting a picture of coming up in the city alongside Lil Herb who does the same. Yes, this joint is just as dope as you’d imagine it to be.
Common and Lil Herb over a Curtis Mayfield-sampled beat from No I.D.? Doesn’t get more Chicago than that. Listen below and be sure grab a copy of Nobody’s Smiling when it arrives in stores and digital retailers July 22nd.