G.O.O.D. Music’s Common recently boasted about his admiration for today’s rap scene, notably what West Coast rap star Kendrick Lamar and New York native Nicki Minaj bring to the table.
In Common’s perspective, K. Dot is a part of hip-hop’s next big movement in Top Dawg Entertainment.
“I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul or Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.” So can we expect a collaboration between him and the Compton MC? “Man, I would love to do a record with Kendrick,” said Common. “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone […] from the new era of rap artists.” (Rap-Up)
Common also spoke up on how much Nicki Minaj has grown over the past few years.
“I love that [‘Chiraq’] joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.” (Rap-Up)
G-Unit head 50 Cent recently posted a photo of himself alongside Common onto Instagram and hinted at a possible collaboration.
“Ran into COMMON we on the move BIG THINGS TO COME. #SMSAUDIO,” 50 captioned to their selfie July 6. (50 Cent’s Instagram)
Common’s new Nobody’s Smiling album track listing surfaced online last month.
1. The Neighborhood (Feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80’s) 2. No Fear 3 Diamonds (Feat. Big Sean) 4. Blak Majik (Feat. Jhené Aiko) 5. Speak My Piece 6. Hustle Harder (Feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy) 7. Nobody’s Smiling 8. Real (Feat. Elijah Blake) 9. Kingdom (Feat. Vince Staples) 10. Rewind That Deluxe Edition: 11. Out On Bond (Feat. Vince Staples) 12. 7 Deadly Sings 13. Young Hearts Run Free (Feat. Cocaine 80?s) (Nobody’s Smiling)
Check out Common’s interview: