Chi-town MC Common hits the Hot 97 Morning radio station and talks about life in Hollywood and in the studio. Recently, Common had just finished working on a new movie called “Selma” which is about winning the voting rights in the 1965 Civil Rights period. It was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt and it should be dropping in Christmas. He talks about a new album he’s working on as well. The interview spreads and covers a whole bunch of topics, from beef with Drake to falling in love with Erykah Badu. One of the main things that Common addresses is the struggles in Chicago today.
The conversation about Chicago really starts after the freestyling on a beat produced by No I.D. It branches off into discussing the interview with a newer rapper named Lil Bibby and how he mentioned “no hope” in the hood of Chicago. Chicago has been named the most dangerous place in America to live, (hence the name “Chiraq”). Interestingly enough, when asked if he knew who Common was, Lil Bibby had no idea.
Common responded “Well I know him, and I’m reaching out to them because that’s the future. And I want them to know I’m not trying to separate myself from them and if I can help in any way. I’ve got to give back to them because they coming from where I come from. It’s just in general, some of these kids don’t have any opportunities.”
He gives us an inside look on is foundation called “Common Grounds” where he helps and encourages kids to follow their dreams.
“Me and No I.D. was talking before the album project and I feel that my generation really let the young people down. Like, I feel like Bibby should know me. I should’ve been up in his face before.”
Through music, Common hopes to make a difference in a young person’s life, with the intention to inspire them to live their dreams. Much love, Common!
Watch Common’s input on Drake beef and more here