Monday, December 19
Better than: Holiday store displays involving snow globes and marionettes.
On "The Sixth Sense," a DJ Premier banger and one of the greatest cuts to come out of the second golden age of hip hop, Common chided that "this industry will make you lose intensity."
That was 11 years ago. In the ensuing years, few other conscious-minded MCs have embraced the entertainment industry with the vigor of Chicago's long-standing ghetto poet laureate. He's had lots of character roles in major Hollywood productions and a prominent starring role in a Queen Latifah romantic vehicle involving the weird courtship of a basketball player; he's written a memoir; and he scored a recurring role as a freed slave on a critically acclaimed AMC series.
Yet despite his extra-curricular successes, Common's passionate musical and poetic side remains intact. "The Sixth Sense" was ultimately a grimy yet cerebral love story about hip-hop and the fragile urban culture it has the power to uplift. Out celebrating the release of his ninth studio album, The Dreamer/The Believer, at the Highline Ballroom Monday night, Common was at his finest.More »