New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Common

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2014 07:37pm | Post a Comment

Common at Amoeba Hollywood

You definitely don't have to be a fan of Common to appreciate what he has been able to achieve over the past two decades. He went from humble beginnings as an underground emcee on the Southside of Chicago to a GRAMMY winning rapper and high profile actor in Hollywood. With the recent release of Nobody's Smiling, Common has achieved another milestone few artists can claim (aside from being one of the few rappers interviewed by Oprah) - growing his discogrophy to album number 10. 


Teaming up with producer and former Kanye West mentor No I.D. (aka "the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop"), Common delivers a stellar album depicting the struggles and tragic conditions that plague Chicago today. The album's context is in line with what fans came to love about Common. In the early '90s, when gangsta rap was taking over radio and selling millions of records, Common stuck to his jazz influenced raps, bringing the "Golden Era" of hip hop to the new millenium. Jay-Z and Drake may rule the Billboard charts, but it's Common who gains the respect of fans from the underground and the mainstream.  

Our What's In My Bag? crew had the pleasure of sitting with Common on a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood. Still very much the Bboy/Hip Hop fan, Common has some great finds in his bag. He picks up Eric B & Rakim's classic Paid In Full and credits the group for inspiring him to be a rapper. An avid fan of jazz, Common digs up a couple Donald Byrd albums, including The Best of Donald Byrd on CD. From legendary vocalist Minnie Riperton to gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A., check out the full episode to see more of the artists and albums who have inspired him. 

Common - What's In My Bag?
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