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Common Performs “Celebrate” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , , on Friday, January 13, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Common recently dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform his most recent single “Celebrate” off his latest album The Dreamer/The Believer; as usual, the Roots did an amazing job of bringing the instrumentals put forth by No I.D. to life. “Celebrate” is by far my favorite track off of The Dreamer/The Believer; to me, it’s the epitome of a feel-good song, and furthermore, it’s the type of track that makes me proud to be a fan of Hip-Hop.

Even though The Dreamer/The Believer was a late entry into the releases of 2011, it was arguably one of the best albums of the year, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since I got my hands on it; the album truly takes me back to the days of Like Water for Chocolate. The chemistry displayed between Common and No I.D. is unreal.

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J Dilla x Stussy Documentary (Part 1) + Common’s Thoughts on J Dilla

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Monday, February 15, 2010 by Tim Althaus

You will probably see me posting a lot of stuff about J Dilla in the next couple of weeks; I feel way behind the curve considering his birthday was on the 7th. Stussy has released a limited edition shirt in memory of Jay Dee, and they have also put together a three part documentary. This is the first part, and you will see many of the people that were privileged to know Dilla throughout his life. This documentary looks like it’s going to be an awesome testament to Dilla’s legacy, and you all should definitely check it out.

Underneath is a video of Common talking with about Jay Dee.

R.I.P. James Dewitt Yancey (Feb 7, 1974 – Feb 10, 2006)

Wild Style Wednesday Review: The Roots, Things Fall Apart

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Tim Althaus

the-roots_things-fall-apart-album-cover The Roots will forever be one of my favorite groups in Hip-Hop because I love their utilization of a live band and their natural sound. Not to mention that Black Thought is also one of my top five emcees, the guy is pretty much a god emcee on the microphone. I like every single album in The Roots catalog, but Things Fall Apart is the album that introduced me to them. I look at this album that came out ten years ago and part of me still feels like even now this album would still be ahead of its time. This album, to this day, is one of the most sound albums I have ever heard and there is no doubt that it will forever be considered a classic. Even though this album didn’t make my top 10 most influential albums, I would still say it ranks among my top 10-20 favorite albums without a doubt.

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KiD CuDi – Make Her Say (feat. Kanye West & Common) Video

Posted in Media, News, Video with tags , , , , on Monday, July 20, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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This song has been flying around the internet for months and finally has a real video. If you haven’t heard it, it’s called “Make Her Say” by Kid Cudi and features fellow G.O.O.D. music members Kanye and Common (Kanye’s verse is killer!). The song samples Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” chopped up to make it sound like “Poke Her Face”. It’s fantastic. This is the official video. Look out for Kid Cudi’s September 15th release Man on the Moon.

Shout out to 2dopeboyz for the find.

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Common, Like Water For Chocolate

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by Tim Althaus

LikeWaterForChocolate A lot of people might totally hate on me, but I’ve never really been a huge Common fan, with the exception of Like Water For Chocolate. I honestly think that this album might be one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the last decade. The production put forth by Jay Dee and the Soulquarians is nothing short of perfect, and Common manages to compliment every single beat on this album the way it should be. Jay Dee did a great majority of the production and he absolutely killed the beats on this record. In my opinion this album is and always will be a classic. Most emcees wish that they could drop an album this good. Continue reading

Wild Style Wednesday Review: J Dilla, The Shining

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 by Tim Althaus

The Shining This album was posthumously released shortly after Dilla died. Good friend Karriem Riggins took the album under his wing with the wave from Ma Dukes. Many sources say that Dilla was only able to finish around 75% of the album before his untimely death. Even though this album wasn’t on my top 10 albums of all time, I can assure you that this is one of my favorite albums of all time. This is the first album I ever heard of Dilla’s solo material, and for that reason alone I am forever grateful to this album. I remember reading reviews on Amazon, and hearing people complain that this album is just over 30 minutes long. This album just proves that good things really do come in small packages. Continue reading

Rock The Bells 2009

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by Tim Althaus


Ummm wow. That was my initial reaction when I saw this post at Hip Hop DX. With the initial artist lineup, this looks like (to me) that this is going to be the concert of the year. I know for sure that I am going to be trying like hell to make the Chicago show, because this is something I definitely don’t want to miss. This looks like the most studded Hip-Hop lineup I’ve seen for a show this year, and there are still more to be announced. If you get a chance to get tickets, please do not pass up your chance. Rock The Bells (Guerilla Union) has been putting together some of the finest Hip-Hop shows for the last 5 years and apparently they are looking to follow suit very strongly. To be honest I would probably pay one hundred dollars to see The Roots or Reflection Eternal. That means that even if tickets are one hundred (we don’t know as of yet) that this concert is absolutely killer for price. If you are able to make it to one of these shows, you are going to be catching the best Hip-Hop shows of this year.

Make sure you stay tuned for dates and ticket prices, as well as any updates that have to pertain to this series because we will let you know right away.

Live Audio Bootleg: Jaylib, Live at the Henry Fonda Theater, 4/2/04

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, February 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus


Here it is folks, the first Jaylib show with Dilla and Madlib. I decided to check out Stones Throw‘s website figuring that they may have some current news about Dilla on this gracious day. It turns out that they posted the first ever Jaylib show from 2004. This set was spun by J Rocc (of the World Famous Beat Junkies Crew) and features Melo-D (also of the Beat Junkies) on commentary and a special guest appearance from Common. This show was actually for the celebration of the Madvillain release party. Make sure you check this one out, there is no way that it can dissapoint. Two of the greatest minds of their time on one stage, shut shit down.

Download: Jaylib, Live @ The Henry Fonda Theater 4/2/04

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Video: Common Interview with Myspace Music

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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Common’s new album Universal Mind Control was released today. This is an in depth interview that Common did for MySpace Music. In the interview he skews a few topics such as his growth through albums and some of his Hip-Hop quotables. Sounds like this album could be a huge treat and I can assure you I will have a review up after I get a good listen. Also look below to see Common’s opinion on Universal Mind Control (his review). Com is setting some pretty high standards for himself based on his review. Continue reading

details about Common’s new album Universal Mind Control

Posted in Music News with tags , , on Monday, October 27, 2008 by Tim Althaus

It appears as though Common’s new album will (hopefully and finally) be titled Universal Mind Control. To be honest I am not feeling the cover to this album at all. I really hope that Com makes something that is better than Finding Forever, I mean yeah it was a grammy winner and critics spoke highly of it but I didn’t consider it to be anywhere near the best of Common’s work. It hasn’t been since the album Be that I thought Common was on top of his game, and before that it was Like Water For Chocolate which is easily my favorite Common album. I think a big part of me not really being a huge fan of Common’s recent stuff is because there isn’t a whole lot of Dilla production. J Dilla really was the only producer that I think brought out the best in Common, don’t get me wrong he meshes well with Kanye, but you can’t match the chemistry of say a song like “So Far To Go” or “The Light”.

The album is tentatively dropping on December 9th on Kanye West’s “G.O.O.D.” (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music as well as Geffen Records.

Here is the Official Tracklisting:
01. Universal Mind Control
02. Punch Drunk Love (Feat. Kanye West)
03. Make My Day (Feat. Cee-Lo Green)
04. Sex 4 Sugar
05. Announcement (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
06. Gladiator
07. Changes
08. Inhale
09. What a World
10. Everywhere