Common Signs To Def Jam, New Album Due Out In July

Less than two months away from the release of his highly-anticipated new album, Common has announced that he is the latest member of the Def Jam Records family.

According to a news release issued this morning, Common has signed to Def Jam via No I.D.’s imprint label Atrium. The Chicago emcee’s first album with the label, titled Nobody’s Smiling, will arrive in stores July 22.

Speaking to the press about the decision to sign Common, No I.D. offered, “Common and I have a long history of making great music together. His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions …

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HBO To Release ‘Game of Thrones’ Hip-Hop Mixtape

***UPDATE*** You can now stream the entire mixtape after the jump!

A hip-hop mixtape inspired by the popular HBO series Game of Thrones will be released today, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The mixtape, entitled Catch The Throne, was first mentioned when Big Boi announced that there would be no new Outkast album, despite the group’s lengthy tour.

Featuring Big Boi, Wale and Common, the collection has 10 tracks that are meant to “encourage more rap fans to watch the show.”

The tracks make use of the original score of the show, as well as dialogue from the …

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Rock the Bells Announces Full Lineup

The famous hip-hop festival Rock the Bells turns ten this year with an impressive lineup announced at a Monday night press conference including hard-hitters Wu-Tang Clan, Jurassic 5, and Black Hippy.

The full list announced includes the aforementioned Wu-Tang Clan, Jurassic 5, and Black Hippy, as well as J. Cole, Action Bronson, Common, Curren$y, Juicy J, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Tyler, the Creator, Big Daddy Kane, Deltron 3030, Freeway, Girl Talk, KiD CuDi, KRS One, Rapsody and 9th Wonder, Wale, YG, Riff Raff, Slick Rick featuring Doug E. Fresh, and many more. Don’t forget that this is 2013, a time …


Rock The Bells 2013 Lineup Announced

The people at Guerilla Union have announced their official lineup for the Rock The Bells festival in 2013. Featuring Black Hippy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Common, Curren$y, Juicy J, Kid Cudi, Rakim, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang Clan, these shows are planning to blow everything out of the water. Click through to view the entire lineup in all its glory.

There will even be hologram performances by Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E. Resurrection.

Get ready for four venues, the first being San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA (Sept 7-8), Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA (Sept 14-15), Festival Grounds @ RFK in Washington, …


STREAM: Common – “Open Letter” (Remix)

Common has partnered up with Jay-Z to release a remix of Hova’s latest track, “Open Letter,” which has also been called “Open Letter Pt. II.”

Of all of the tracks for the two to team up on, this one couldn’t be any better with the two spitting rhymes on Jay-Z’s recent controversial Cuba trip and Fox News’ distasteful coverage on Common’s White House spoken word set from 2011, among other things.

Follow the jump to listen to the song.

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Big Sean Ft Common – "Switch Up"

STREAM: Big Sean Ft Common – “Switch Up”

G.O.O.D. Music is back with a statement today. Get ready for Big Sean and Common’s enormous new song “Switch Up.”

This single was produced by Million $ Mano, NO I.D. and Rob Kinelski and will appear on Sean’s highly anticipated delayed sophomore album Hall of Fame. No word yet about an official release date.

Click through the link to spin Big Sean and Common’s “Switch Up” and let Under The Gun Review know what your initial thoughts are. We would love to hear your opinion.

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Big Sean Reveals Features On Sophomore Album

Detroit native Big Sean is getting ready for the Grammy’s tonight and has a few tricks up his sleeve in the meantime. He revealed details regarding the featured artists on his forthcoming sophomore album, Hall of Fame.

Featured appearances on the follow-up to his 2011 debut Finally Famous include Common, Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Kid Cudi, Nas, and his G.O.O.D. Music family.

Big Sean told Rap-Up TV, “It’s almost done, finally. We took our time with it, perfected it, got great songs on there. I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s gonna be surprising. Something new, something fresh, …


Does Common Think ‘Cruel Winter’ Is Happening? “Oh, Yeah, Nah, Nah.”

Common, why you gotta be such a downer?

The literate rapper recently spoke with Vulture in an interview that focused primarily on his actorly pursuits. Did you know that Common is starring in an indie movie that was described by its director as, “Pursuit of Happyness punched in the face with Training Day”?

I wish more movies were conceived of as conflicts between existing properties. How much would you pay to see Home Alone 2 caught in an arm bar by Sin City? Is Eat, Pray, Love getting scissor kicked by The Dark Knight Rises worth …


Common To Release EP, Mixtape & Tenth Album In 2013

Common made a special appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his forthcoming movie, LUV, which hits theaters on January 18. That was not all Common was there to talk about. He told Fallon that there are plans set to release a brand new EP at the end of this month, releasing his first mixtape in April, and preparing his tenth studio album for September.

You can certainly say that Common is looking forward to a productive year. Watch the interview with Jimmy Fallon last night right here and get ready for a busy year from the …

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STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Cocaine 80’s – “Lucid”

Do not attempt to adjust your computer screen. The feature image your are seeing are skewed figures from Cocaine 80’s new song “Lucid” and is streaming here.

Cocaine 80s are also planning to put out an EP, entitled The Flower Of Life, and can be expected to drop in our laps in early 2013. This collective features Common, Steve Wyreman, Rob Kinelski, Kevin Randolph, James Fauntleroy, Makeba and many more. The song you are hearing currently is a solo acoustic effort from James Fauntelroy.

Download and stream this beautiful sounding track after the link provided and watch out for …

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STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Lupe Fiasco – “”

We only have 11 days until we ring in the new year! Or, if you’re of more superstitious leanings, the world is going to end tomorrow. If that’s the case, then why are you reading a music blog? Go find some loved ones to hug or something.

For the rest of us looking forward to things beyond the end of the week, hey, here’s “”, a pretty awesome new freestyle from Lupe Fiasco.

Going in over a Common beat from the early 90s, “” sees Fiasco in conscious rap mode, densely weaving rhymes about “trumpets to the head” and …

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STREAM: The Game Ft Kanye West and Common – “Jesus Piece”

After weeks of anticipation, the title track from The Game’s forthcoming album has finally found its way online.

Six days ahead of street date, “Jesus Piece” popped up on blogs not long ago and quickly began spreading through the interwebs. The track pairs Common and The Game, with a Kanye sample to beef up the hook, and the results are even more electrifying than we expected. It’s hard to go verse-to-verse with Common, but The Game manages to pull through and remain the main attraction. You can stream “Jesus Piece” after the jump.

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