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Common: Camden Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 13 June 1998

OLD FEUDS die hard. While Common takes great pains to point out his argument with Ice Cube has been settled, it's still with some relish ...

Common: Like Water For Chocolate

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 6 April 2000

IT WEREN'T ALWAYS multiple Wu-pseudonyms and verbose flights of mystical lyrical fantasy down hip-hop's way. Back in the day, rappers wove their rhymes from the ...

Common: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 13 January 2001

HEADY ON A diet of wigga-impressing gangsta-rap and wall-to-wall Eminem, some critics have a tendency to write off Chicago's master of the 'conscious' rhyme as ...

Common: Electric Circus

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 16 January 2003

IN THE LATE 1960S, civil rights struggles, and demonstrations against the Vietnam war in America, gave birth to heavy psychedelia and searing soul music. 2002 ...

Against The Grain: Common

Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, The Source, March 2003

EIGHT DAYS BEFORE Jimi Hendrix's sixtieth birthday, Common sits comfortably in the guitar god's apartment sipping Poland Spring. ...

Common: Electric Circus

Review by Nick Southall, Stylus, 1 September 2003

IN WHICH COMMON GOES MAD. Not sure exactly what happened in the time since 2000's excellent Like Water For Chocolate, but it appears to have had ...

Common: Be (G.O.O.D/Geffen)

Review by Will Hermes, Spin, June 2005

SONY STUDIOS, New York, March 25. With aromatherapy candles lit and a soul-food spread in the back. Common plays his latest album for a bunch ...

Common: Universal Mind Control (Island)

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 5 December 2008

APART FROM HIS recent shift into movies, Common seems to be approaching his hip-hop career in a perversely roundabout manner. ...

Center of Chaos: Common's Electric Circus

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Red Bull Academy Magazine, 24 March 2015

In the wake of the wide-ranging To Pimp a Butterfly, Michael A. Gonzales looks back to Common's most ambitious full-length. ...

Common: Black America Again (Def Jam/ARTium CD/DL)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, The Wire, January 2017

HARKING BACK to the late 1960s/early 70s protest pop when The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron led the rhythmic revolution with powerful poetics soaked in ...


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