Common – Ghetto Dreams feat Nas (video)

Two dudes on a couch, watching Boyz N Da Hood, then fall asleep. And one doesn’t sucker punch the other when their eyes are closed? Not in my circle of homies. Anyways, a dope song with a dope video.

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Posted on August 15th, 2011

Nas & Common – Behind The Scenes

What you know about this joint?! Nas is 2 for 2 in 2011. First, “Nasty” now this. Someone have did a beat intervention (word to Combat Jack) and got Esco to smarten up. Via NR.

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Posted on July 7th, 2011

Kid Cudi – Make Her Say (video)

So my brothers and friends gave me a B+ for my set on Sat Night at Little Temple in LA. They keep i t real. They thought everything I played was dope except for two songs. There was a dislike for my Ted Smooth remix of “Put Your Ring On It” and then I played the above song after Jay-Z’s remix of “Excuse Me Miss”. DFLO felt I missed a moment to take the club to the next level by “Make Her Say”. I agree bc the crowd chilled out but personally, I thought it worked well. I guess what works in SF, doesn’t work for LA.

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Posted on July 20th, 2009

Mos Def – Remixes, Rarities, and more

Another hip-hop confession for all 12 KTL readers, I’m bored with Mos Def. He has just gotten lazy and effortless with his work. If you have been to his shows recently, you know what I mean. 30 min of Jazz scats doesn’t make you deep. Anyways, the video above he loses his sanity for a moment to think he battle Jay-Z. I agree he can whip Lil’ Wayne but so can a pug that’s has digestive problems. But to not hurt those readers that believe Mos Def is authentic (”he’s from Brooklyn!”), funny (”he was on Chapelle show!”), artistic (have you heard “Black on Both Sides?”), an actor (”he’s in the new Gondry film!”) and true hip-hop, I give you a dope collection of rares and remixes. Its a box set that came out in 2006 that is very hard to find in origianl packaging but here for your digital pleasure. Go change your diaper. Tracklisting after the jump.

We Are Hip Hop, Me, You, Everybody (Discs 1 & 2)

We Are Hip Hop, Me, You, Everybody (Discs 3 & 4)

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Posted on April 14th, 2009

What’s With The GNO?



GNO BRAND recently launched a line of products, on-line store and blog. My favorite (above), designed by John Keebz,  is an illustration that directly draws from Common’s classic, ‘I Used to Love H.E.R’. From John-“In the song, Common makes an analogy comparing the degradation of a woman with the deterioration of hip hop music after its commercial success forced it into the mainstream.”

Check out the full line here.

What’s With the GNO?

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Posted on February 2nd, 2009

Kanye needs new beats

Although, I don’t condone the number of n-bombs dropped in this piece, I gotta say that the voiceovers had me crackin’ up. P.S. don’t take yourself too seriously today.

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Posted on January 5th, 2009

?uestlove’s famous stories (OKP forum thread)

First, let me give credit where credit is due.  DJ01 of ML fame posted this thread earlier and I happened to stumble upon earlier this afternoon when I took a sick day.  A great find!  How great?  That I’ve been reading it for 3 hours now.  Basically, earlier this month Questo invites the Okayplayer heads to post any celebrity’s name and he’ll explain his brush of fame with them.  Imagine the Fat Joe on Juan Epstein episode times a hundred thousand trillion.  After the jump are my faves.  Here is the link for the whole thread.  I warn you now, it will take up your evening or afternoon like the time you popped in Malcolm X and realized how late it was when it ended.

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Posted on October 20th, 2008

Common – “Universal Mind Control (feat. Pharrell)”

Uhm yeah, you can go somewhere else for that song. It is terrible, it should have went to madonna’s latest album. I guess that song was a reject from her album and common snapped it up right quick. Anywhoo’s, check out these fresh kicks from alife. I usually hate all of there shoes, but these colabs look very nice. Go somewhere else for the new updated common 2.0.

Courtesy of freshness magazine and the world of the internets.

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Posted on May 22nd, 2008

Common X Just Blaze – The Light 2008

Smirnoff just dropped the Common and Just Blaze remake of the Light. Sounds dope. Def a different feel. Is that Marsha from Floetry on the hook? Btw, I updated the Just Blaze Interview with HipHopGame. He finally explains what happened to

Common – The Light 2008 (produced by Just Blaze)

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Posted on February 26th, 2008

Smirnoff X Hip-Hop

Smirnoff and Cornerstone Promotions are promoting their new Smirnoff Signature Mix drinks. For this campaign Common and Just Blaze will remake “The Light,” Q-tip and Cool n Dre will redo Tribe’s “Midnight,” and KRS-One and DJ Premier will make a new version of “Criminal Minded.” The latter is the one I am most excited about. Nike and Hip-Hop (via Just Blaze and Primo) were a good team, let’s see if Smirnoff can reach that standard.

All of the artists will be perform their classics live at the Smirnoff/Cornerstone launch party on Feb, 26th. The actual remakes will be available as a free download on later. Stay tuned for more info. Speaking of info, this was all due to Miss Info. One day we will make her blogroll. (hint, hint)

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Posted on February 12th, 2008