NEW YORK — With a career spanning more than two decades, one can’t argue the fact that Common is one of the most accomplished and respected hip-hop artists in the business. Twenty years after he released his debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and several film projects later, Common isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon. In fact, he’s just getting warmed up.
MTV News caught up with Common recently in New York City where he revealed that, among a number of movie projects he has in the works, he is also expecting to drop his 10th studio album at the top of the year, and of course, he is bringing some of his G.O.O.D. Music collaborators along for the ride.
“I am writing a new album. It will be coming out in January, and I’m looking forward to that,” Common said. “My stuff will come at the top of the year maybe some songs out there on the street level, I’m going to work with No I.D. and looking to hopefully work with Kanye [West] and that’s some of the major people I’ll be working with, and whatever other great talents that I feel are going that direction that I want the album to be.”
Fortunately, fans of Common’s don’t have to wait until January to hear new music since he is featured on G.O.O.D. Music’s first group project Cruel Summer. Common is featured on the track, “The Morning” with Raekwon, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and D’Banj.
“It’s fun. You get inspired. It’s competition you’re around artists that have such diverse qualities,” Common said of working on the 12-track LP. “Because when you have Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and Kid Cudi, you have John Legend, you got Common, you have Big Sean, you got Kanye West, all these different people rapping about different things.”
Earlier this month, part of the G.O.O.D Music crew, including Common, lit up a crowd of very surprised fans at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival, leading some to hope that a G.O.O.D Music tour could be in the near future.
“I would love to do it, I hope so,” Common said of the possibility of a tour. “I think it will come about at some point because it’s a lot of talent there, and we would enjoy rocking with each other, and I think the people would love it. It embodies what hip-hop is about because you would get such a diverse crowd at the shows.”
Until then, Common certainly has enough on his plate to fill up his time, he currently appears in the AMC show, “Hell on Wheels,” and in November, he makes his debut as a producer and lead actor in the feature film, “LUV.”
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