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Watch: Common Dishes On Keeping Lyrically Fit On Honda’s 16 Bars

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With over 20 years in the music industry, Common is quite literally flying the flag for longevity.

The Hip-Hop heavyweight, who rose from the underground scene in Chicago to mainstream notability with hits such as ‘Go!’, shares the secret of his staying power in the latest instalment of Honda’s 16 Bars.

Crediting a desire to fuse his own experiences with the ever-evolving sounds and trends that serve as the audio backdrop to today’s scene, the star also stresses the importance of studying the greats such as Rakim and Notorious B.I.G.

Watch Common’s wise words below…

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Watch: Jennifer Hudson & Ariana Grande ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ (Performances)

Bonus: Watch the official video to 'Remission' starring Lupe Fiasco, Common, and Jennifer Hudson

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Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre played host to the 4th biennial ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ event Friday.

The one hour telethon, which sees the best of Hollywood from film to television and music join to raise money for cancer research, boasted an A-list guest list of Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, and many more.

Elsewhere on the bill powerhouse vocalists Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson headlined the night’s musical entertainment.  Grande, whose new album ‘My Everything’ currently reigns over Billboard 200, took to the stage in tribute to her grandfather who died of cancer earlier this year.  Her emotional performance of the album’s title track was pegged one of the night’s highlights as well as Hudson’s performance that saw her lend vocals to the tune ‘Remission’ with rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.

See it all below with a special look at ‘Remission’s official music video:

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New Song: Common – ‘Real (Ft Elijah Blake)’

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July 22nd marks the spot for ‘Nobody’s Smiling‘, the socially-charged new album from Def Jam‘s Common.

Penned in response to the ongoing violence taking place in the city of Chicago, the album unlocked its latest number today…‘Real‘, featuring Elijah Blake.

Should one want the cut on the LP, they need look no further than track #8, where it housed. However, if you can’t wait until its release, listen to the cut in full, below!

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New Song: Common – ‘War’

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Months after rocking Elijah Blake‘s ‘XOX’, Common announces the forthcoming unveiling of his brand new album ‘Nobody’s Smiling‘!

Welcomed by the many his music has inspired since his ‘Like Water for Chocolate‘ debut, the Rapper kicked off the LP’s campaign minutes ago when he released its first single, ‘War‘, a thought provoking number produced by NO I.D.

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Hot Shots: Nas & Jennifer Hudson’s Star-Studded Birthday Bashes

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Look who’s 40!

Indeed, ‘One Mic’ maestro Nas rang in the big 4-0 with a star-studded birthday bash this week in New York City with ‘Thank God I Found You’ co-star/pop icon Mariah Carey.

With rapper Common, Melanie Fiona, Tyson Beckford, Jermaine Dupri, and many more on hand to fill out the distinguished guest list, the private dinner boasted a more formal dress code while elsewhere wailer Jennifer Hudson brought her bday in with a costume heavy, retro-themed celebration in Chicago.

As fellow R&B songstresses Keke Wyatt and Tweet boogied through the night, the evening brought with it a colorful homage to the 80s/90s while JHud celebrated her 32nd bday.

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Kelly Rowland Naomi Campbell Rub Shoulders At ‘Black Women In Hollywood’ Luncheon

 Kelly Rowland Naomi Campbell Rub Shoulders At Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

Black Hollywood’s brightest stars came out to play at the Beverly Hills hotel last night, partying at ESSENCE’s ‘Black Women In Hollywood’ Luncheon.

In attendance and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Oprah Winfrey, Laila Ali and Diahann Carroll were ‘Haven’t Told You’ singer Kelly Rowland and ‘Spotlight’ stunner Jennifer Hudson.

Arriving as they continue work on new albums, the beautiful pair looked on as Oprah and Gabrielle Union were honoured at the high profile event, which also drew in ‘XOX’ Rapper Common.

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New Video: Colbie Caillat – ‘Favorite Song (Feat. Common)’

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Who would have ever guessed that ‘Bubbly’ singer Colbie Caillat and consciences rapper Common would collaborate on a song together?!

Turns out the unlikey duo paired up for ‘Favorite Song’, the latest single from Caillat’s new album ‘All Of Me’.

Speaking on the duet, Caillat told fans via her website: “[Common] ended up singing his song ‘The Light,’ and he needed a girl singer [for the chorus] and I was like, ‘I know it!.'” Later adding, “It took about a year for us to get something together, but it worked out better than we could have imagined.”

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