Congratulations to Mr. “Can I Borrow a Dollar?” himself, Common Sense, the Chi-Town native with a penchant for the type of rap us writers like to call…good. He sports an old school style of rap reminiscent of lyrical geniuses such as Kool G Rap, Rakim, and KRS-One, and on a chilly saturday night in New York City the Man from the City of Wind blew the roof off Highline Ballroom to promote his new movie Just Wright, starring himself alongside veteran actor/rapper Queen Latifah Click Here For Photo Gallery. Although Common has appeared in movies before [most notably Smokin’ Aces] this is his first starring role, and the energy he displayed to New Yorkers on this night indicated his enthusiasm towards the project. Although this was a tour to promote Just Wright that didn’t stop Brooklyn native DJ Dummy [Common’s traveling DJ] from beat-juggling his way through Biggie’s 10 crack commandments and old Michael Jackson records. As Dummy dished out the beats Common served the lyrics, paying respect to classic tracks like A Tribe Called Quest’s, “Bonita Applebum,” The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” and Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”
Common also gave the crowd of bit of his own flavor with powerful renditions of “The People,” “Sex 4 Sugar”, and a new song he wrote for the movie soundtrack titled “Next Time (Just Wright),” which features Queen Latfiah; who, came on stage and dropped her verse like it was hot while all the women in attendance went crazy. Whether the movie is a hit or not one thing will never change, Common Sense can always fall back on the musical legacy he spent two decades building. One that is worthy of becoming a movie itself.
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