Posts Tagged ‘Common’

Your Guide to the 2015 DC Jazz Festival

Top picks for the next week from Arts Desk's jazz correspondent

Photos of Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, and the Earth Day Concert on the National Mall

Plus: My Morning Jacket, Train, Fall Out Boy, Usher, and Common

Listen: Wale feat. Rick Ross & Common “Sunshine” Remix

Wale has revisited last year’s The Gifted with his new release, the long-awaited remix to "Sunshine." For the reworking, the D.C. rapper grabbed Rick Ross and Common to bless Tone P and Stokley Williams’ percussion-heavy production with uplifting words. Gruff voice and all, Rick Ross eschews his persona to drop honest bars about his unlikely rise: "I struggled at [...]

Listen to This Common-Inspired Beat Tape

Common’s evolution is tricky to navigate. On his 1992 debut, Can I Borrow A Dollar?, he was the beer-guzzling, weed-smoking, hood dude. Two years later, Common was more thoughtful on the landmark Resurrection, a creative approach that came to full fruition on 2000's Like Water for Chocolate and 2005's Be. He traveled to outer space on [...]

Maimouna Youssef Has a Song With J Dilla and James Poyser

You know the story if you know Maimouna Youssef: She performed with rap duo dead prez at Dave Chappelle's block party. In 2006, she sang on The Roots' "Don't Feel Right," the lead single from the group's Game Theory album. "I Got a Man," the lead single from Youssef's The Blooming, was produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff. [...]

Goodlife Tuesdays Come to a Close

Two years ago, a group of friends wanted to throw a house party, but in a nightclub. They wanted it to be fun, free, and open to anyone who simply wanted to have a good time. The friends—known formally as the Rock Creek Social Club—took their idea to the Recess Lounge on 15th Street NW.
Unexpectedly, [...]

Jon Laine’s GIANT is All About The Beats

Released in 1998, Soul Survivor was the grand coronation of producer Pete Rock's already-stellar career, a large-scale album equally celebrated for its imposing instrumentals and heavyweight guest list (the Wu-Tang Clan, Black Thought of The Roots, and Common all had verses on the project). Yet despite the star-studded cast, Pete was the clear centerpiece, as his beats [...]

Arts Roundup: Greener Pastures Edition

In Through the Out Door: Yesterday, the Washington Post announced two significant personnel changes. First, editor Erik Wemple will leave the beleaguered Allbritton website to blog about media and politics under Editorial department leader Fred Hiatt. Second, Style section editor Ned Martel—amidst ongoing rumors of drama and conflict in his section—will transition to covering [...]

WKYS Has Vids Galore from Summer Spirit Fest 2010

Oh, hey, a lot of R&B and hip-hop artistes did their Summer Spirit Festival on Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. If you added Cypress Hill and some shitty reggae-rockers, you could've called it Smokin' Grooves 2010! But what do I know? I wasn't there. People from WKYS-FM were indeed there, however. (They had enough corporate [...]

Arts Roundup: The ‘Still Lost, to be Honest’ Edition

Morning everyone. It’s another dreary April May Monday. Hope everyone slept well and no one was rudely awoken at 3:43 a.m. by the sound of a shrieking, dying bird. At least, I hope that’s what it was and not a human.
Last night’s million-hour long Lost series finale was captivating (I skipped Kendra) for someone who [...]