All smiles here.
Common and Jay Electronica will be hitting the road together for the Nobody’s Smiling tour, which kicks off next month in Las Vegas. The thirteen-date tour doesn’t include a Chicago stop (go ahead and insert a sad emoji here), but hopefully that changes soon.
In related news, Jay Elect’s been spending a lot of time in the city as of late and has been working with No I.D. (and Jay Z) over the past few weeks. Could the two be working on Act II or something entirely different? Hopefully, we find out sooner than later.
Check out the full list of dates below, keep your fingers crossed that a Chicago date happens and stay tuned for more info.
Earlier this week, I sat down with Just Blaze and Salaam Remi in front of a live studio audience at 1st Ward/Chop Shop for a Grammy Pro Session for the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy. It was a fantastic event, with multiple gems dropped by the two living production legends. Hopefully it will be available to watch online in the coming days, so we’ll keep you posted on that front.
I say that because a couple of weeks back, the Los Angeles Chapter had a similar event featuring two of our hometown heroes, No ID and Common. The pair, who’ve been working together for 20+ years, sat down with journalist Soren Baker to discuss the past, the present (Nobody’s Smiling) and the future.
This is good game on the free from two of Chicago Godfathers. Required viewing for all readers.
After premiering it at both the BET Hip-Hop Awards and the AAHH Fest last week, Common and company finally unleash their “Kingdom (Remix).” With No ID on the beat, Com enlists the services of Vince Staples and Jay Electronica for this highly anticipated remix. A great song just got that much better. Crown them.
Simply put: this was one of the best music festivals of the year — no question about that. Common brought out everyone from Kanye West to Dave Chappelle to Twista. And while all three living legends ran through numerous hits during Com’s all-star set, he still had to showcase some of his newer material, which included this still-unreleased remix to his current No ID-produced single, “Kingdom,” which features Vince Staples and Jay Electronica.
I could carry on and on about just how great the AAHH Fest was, and how it truly brought Chicago’s hip-hop community — old and young, behind the scenes and in the forefront — together for one night of fun without incident, but you truly had to be there to witness. Let this be a lesson to you: DO NOT MISS next year. Great work to all involved, it was one to remember.
I’m going to have to write a full run-down of this festival tomorrow once I get it together, but for now we have to bring you a few treats from earlier this evening. During Com’s set, he brought out the likes of Twista, Jay Electronica and Vince Staples, but once Yeezy hit the stage it was game over. Seriously. Tonight was one of my favorite Kanye performances ever, quite possibly my favorite since the Graduation preview joint at the House of Blues back in the summer of 07. He was a man possessed tonight — truly inspired by the humans of his hometown.
That being said, check out he and his old buddy Com Sense running through their first major label collabo, “Get Em High.” AAHH Fest was too crazy, can’t wait till next year.
Common’s first annual AAHH! Fest is only a few short days away, and tonight you can begin to prep for Sunday (9/21) as the full line-up with set times has been announced. The bill is absolutely stacked, featuring scheduled performances from Common, Twista, Lupe, Dave Chappelle, J-Hud, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jay Electronica and a very important alleged surprise guest, who I think we can all guess.
If you’ve downloaded the AAHH! Fest app, you can see set times and line-up, but we’ve also included it for you here this evening. This is a can’t miss event, and tickets are still available here. No we don’t have any, so don’t ask. Support the cause and purchase tickets so we can keep dope festivals catering to the Chi hip-hop community flourishing in the future.
Hit the jump to see the set times and line-up.
Complex Mag’s Magnum Opus series returns with an oral history of Common’s biggest hit to date (still!) “The Light.” Granted, this track is damn near 15 years old, so some of you might not have been around to know just how big it was at the time — a true breakout moment for Com Sense. Here he talks about how it came together and just how important it was to his career. He also chronicles going to Detroit with The Roots to link with Dilla to make it happen. The result was one of Common’s best albums, Like Water For Chocolate.
Don’t forget to grab tickets to Common’s AAHH Fest this Sunday at Union Park, where Lupe, Twista, J Hud, Lil Herb, De La Soul, etc will be performing. Also, all signs point to Kanye West as the surprise guest. You can also check out Common’s most recent feature in Chicago Mag here.
The first annual AAHH! Fest is right around the corner (six days away to be exact) and the line-up just got a little crazier. Twista and Jennifer Hudson have just been added to the bill, which already featured Common, Lupe, De La Soul, Jay Elect, MC Lyte and a ‘very special’ surprise guest.
The day-long festival will take place at Union Park this Saturday with a community showcase (curated by Rhymefest and featuring Diggy Simmons) at 10am and the headliners hitting the stage at 4pm.
Tickets and more details can be found right here. See you there!
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Two certified legends connect for this rap game “Dear John” letter. Common and MC Lyte, with some assistance from 10Beats, bring their a-game on “Dear John,” which serves as the first leak from MC Lyte’s #EducateOURMen, a scholarship initiative of her Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. Good music for a great cause.
You can catch both MC Lyte and Com Sense at the AAHH! Fest at Union Park in Chicago on 9/21.
Last night, three of Chicago’s biggest stars gathered at the Stand Up To Cancer benefit concert to perform their anti-cancer anthem “Remission.” Lupe, J-Hud and Com Sense joined the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell, to raise money and bring awareness to the deadly disease. Dope music for a good cause — check out their live performance above.