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Video: Common on The Making of Be

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Lonnie talks about the inception of his album Be, “The Food” being the first track he made with Kanye, how the beat for “The Corner” was made in 30 mins. and what it was like living with Jay Dee in L.A.

In 2005, Common released his sixth studio album, and second gold record, Be. In describing the album’s concept shortly after its release, he said, “I named it Be to be who you are, man, and be able to be in the moment and not try too hard. Be is another way of saying just do without trying hard, like I said, natural and be true to the core of who you are; and this album, I wanted to just be and not just go and exist as just an artist, not worried about the past.”

Common is performing the LP on select Rock the Bells tour dates, the next one being in Boston on September 10th.

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Common – Follow Me (Unreleased)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

An unreleased Be era throwaway track, produced by Karriem Riggins.

Common – Follow Me (Prod. by Karriem Riggins) [Tags]

Props: FSD & DJ Eves

Previously: Common Debuts “Believe” in Hawaii (Video)

Video: Common Freestyle @ Jordan Brand Classic

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Lonnie was there plugging his new basketball themed movie and kicked a freestyle for the crowd.

This just reminded me of the slept on/Jordan-endorsed video for “Be”.

Previously: Just Wright’s “One Second” Promo (Video)

Common – Testify (88-Keys Remix)

Monday, March 29th, 2010


Although he’s been rapping feverishly since the release of his album The Death Of Adam last year, 88-Keys is still a producer at heart. While we discussed the shitstorm that was this fan-made video for “Street Lights,” he reminded me about this remix he made for Common’s song off the BE album which he also happened to submit to Lonnie himself.

Common – Testify (88-Keys Hand On The Bible Remix) | Mediafire

I hit up Kanye & asked him if he had the a cappella files for this (which wasn’t out at the time). He gave me the files without hesitation. I turned over this remix rather fast but never finished it because I couldn’t come up with a hook for it. I played it for Kanye & he liked this a lot. So much, in fact, that he was going to reach out to Brandy to lay a hook down on this. Unfortunately, for me, Common didn’t feel this half as much as ‘ye did.

Read the whole story behind it on 88’s blog: I Heart My Polo Lifestyle.

Video: Common Was Inspired By A Prostitute

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Lonnie says he wrote “It’s Your World” off 2005’s Be after having a conversation with a call-girl. He also discusses writing “Come Close,” his collaboration with Mary J. Blige from Electric Circus – as well as his songwriting process as a whole. Props to VIBE

Previously: Nas & Common on Violent Rap Lyrics (Video)