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Video: Common Talks Oprah High Five Curve @ Oscars

The world watched last week as Common and John Legend took home their first-ever Oscars. But in the midst of celebration, one of the biggest names on the planet got curved: Oprah. Really, not really. But the viral video of Common’s high five snub made its rounds and was quite hilarious. Oprah did catch some hang time, though.

Nevertheless, last night Common addressed the legendary curve on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And of course, Com handled it like the true gentleman he is. Com also talks about Jay Z’s response to his big win. Required viewing.

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Common & John Legend Win Best Original Song At Oscars, Perform “Glory”

Common is an Oscar winner. Yes, that’s correct: Common is an Oscar winner. Tonight, John Legend and Common make history yet again with not only their win, but also their powerful performance of their award-winning single, “Glory,” from the Selma soundtrack. Truly amazing.

Big congrats to Com Sense and John Legend on their massive W. Well played, fellas. Check out a recap of their performance below.

Update: Congrats to Rhymefest as well, who will also be taking home a trophy for “Glory” as he co-wrote the record.

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Questlove Shares Unreleased Footage of J Dilla & Common Working on ‘Electric Circus’

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.

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Common & John Legend To Perform “Glory” At 57th Grammy Awards

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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.

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