MTV Radio: How's the SpitKicker tour going so far?
Common: The SpitKicker Tour has been real fly. We went to my hometown, Chicago... it was wonderful. The show has been dope, man, they've been real dope. They even exceeded my expectations. When we did Minneapolis, Prince came through. Did Las Vegas, Shaq came through. Celebs been coming out too, so it added to the excitement.
I think it's been a good statement for the progressive side of hip-hop, the way the tour's been going. We've been selling out shows, and the flow of the tour's been real good -- Talib [Kweli] gets off, Pharoahe [Monch] is right on, and then Biz Markie comes on right after that, and then I come on right after that, and then De La Soul. Each artist has a lot to offer to the crowd, so it's been real wonderful, man.
MTV: You worked with De La Soul on the "Stakes Is High" album. What's it like, working with them?
Common: Well, De La Soul has influenced me since they first entered the game. They've been trendsetters, and for me to be able to work with them and do a record with them was a dream come true. It was like a big inspiration to my career. Working with them in the studio actually became a family affair after I got to know them. First I was coming to them from a fan's perspective, but then I got to know them, and I went out on the road with them again, and we went back in the studio, and they did something for my last album, "One Day It'll All Make Sense." It's really like a natural brotherhood. In the studio, we're coming up with ideas and we're just vibing off each other. And on the road, we start discussing a lot of life situations, 'cause, you know, on the road you're spending more time with people then ever. You're basically living with them. That's where we developed a tight bond: through the road, I think.
MTV: You guys have been talking about working in the studio again.
Common: Yeah. Definitely, we've been talking. And we've also been talking about just doing side projects together. I feel like we're like jazz musicians to a certain extent, where Common Sense could do an album with Trugoy The Dove and it would just be an album like that. And we could use different combinations to interchange and come up with different work. But we have been discussing some things, because Maseo has a project coming out -- Bear Mountain Records -- and I'm supposed to do something with them. And not only just De La Soul themselves, but also Trugoy has his own project coming out called Wall Street, so I'm just talking about working with them. This is natural.
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