[caption id="attachment_5366" align="alignnone" width="630" caption="Common performs in Chicago, Ill., October 2009. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images"][/caption]
Slaughterhouse and Random Axe may have revitalized the hip-hop supergroup, but now celebrated producer No I.D. and Common have entered the game, leading an all-star crew of singers, rappers and musicians called Cocaine 80s on the out-of-nowhere release of an EP dubbed The Pursuit. First released on hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive Tuesday night, this project is the product of various musicians that happened to be working with No I.D. at the time, including guitarist Steve Wyreman, neo-soul singer James Fauntleroy and keyboardist Kevin Randolph.
The project's first tune for mass consumption is "Summer Madness," where we find Common leisurely rhyming about his home city of Chicago, over electric guitars and mellifluous organs. Given the players, it's unsurprisingly a laid-back track ideal for summer barbecues.
Meanwhile, the collective chose a unique, if not increasingly prevalent, way of releasing their album, too: Dubbed "Pay With a Tweet," the listener receives a free download link of the EP in exchange for tweeting "Lift off. I just got REAL high off this #cocaine80s. Try some, everybody's doin it. cocaine80s.com." Go ahead, try it. [Stream via Nah Right.]