Common Tells TMZ How He Feels About Drake & Serena Williams Rekindling Old Flames

Remember that time a while back when Common and Drake had their mini rift? It resulted in Common directly calling Drake out in a diss track to the beat of “Stay Schemin”. Common also threw subliminal shots at Drake in his single “Sweet” in which he confirmed was for Drizzy on Sway in the Morning.

Drake didn’t hop in the booth the same way he handled Philly emcee Meek Mill, but he did respond in an interview on a live show saying, “I might sing, but I ain’t no bitch. If Common got something to say, say it to my face.” Serena Williams did in fact play a part in this beef according to Common. Now years has past since then and Drake and Serena were spotted lip locking, looking like they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. What’s Common got to say about that?

Well he told TMZ:

Serena is a friend of mine, as long as she happy I’m good. We dated, that’s done, that’s been done a long time ago, so it’s now like we friends. As long as she happy, I’m good.

Click here to watch the clip of Common’s encounter with TMZ.

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Common Speaks on Serena Williams’ Relationship With Drake

It’s all good, apparently.

Over the past week, Drake‘s apparently romantic relationship with Serena Williams has come to the forefront, and it most certainly explains Drizzy’s affinity for attending tennis tournaments this summer. He’s been photographed stalking around at Wimbledom, googly-eyeing Serena at a mid-major Cincinnati tournamnt last week, and will most certainly be in the crowd when Serena goes for the U.S. Open crown next month.

Of course, the elephant in this room is Common. It’s no secret that his 2011 feud with Drake stemmed from their respective relationships with the dominant tennis player, and now that Drake and Serena have circled back around and ended up in a relationship, of course, folks want to know how Common feels about all of this.

Well, he’ll tell you. And it’s just the kind of answer you’d expect from a guy like Common.

“As long as she’s happy, I’m good.” Watch the full clip of Common’s run-in with TMZ here.

DC Comics Recruits Common & Will Smith For Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is the third release from DC Cinematic Universe. The film strays away from the traditional comic book theme. The focus is on the super villains as opposed to the super heroes. The notorious villains will complete an array of missions that will eventually lead to their deaths.

Will Smith plays the role of Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot who is a highly skilled mercenary and Batman’s foe. Common’s role has been kept under the wraps, however, there has been pictures of him on set that surfaced on Twitter. Check it out:

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Looks like Common plays the role of The Tattooed Man aka Abel Tarrant, Green Lantern’s enemy. Guess we’ll have to wait to find out, and I guess it’s safe to say Common is officially a rapper turned actor.

Suicide Squad is set to release August 5, 2016.

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BTS Of Spike Lee’s Latest Film “Chiraq”

Pre-Production for the controversial Spike Lee film “Chiraq” is underway in Chicago. The cast gathered at the very first table read for the upcoming film.  Most of the cast has already been confirmed: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack,Wesley Snipes, Jeremy PivenCommon, Nick Cannon and Jennifer Hudson.

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“Chiraq” is described as a drama centered on the growing violence in Chicago. According to IMDB the film is categorized as a comedy, drama, and musical.

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LaLa Anthony is also rumored to be joining the cast, and was seen out and about in Chicago with Derrick Rose’s baby’s mother Mieka Reese recently.

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Billboard magazine recently interviewed Terence Blanchard, the man responsible for much of the music in Spike Lee’s movies. He revealed that Chicago native Kanye West may produce some music for the upcoming film, to be released some time in 2016:

I know you’ve done the scores for many of Spike Lee’s movies — has he asked you to get involved in Chiraq, his upcoming musical about gang violence on Chicago?

Yes, I’m going to write the score. He’s just starting to shoot right now, so there hasn’t been anything to look at just yet.

Have you heard anything about Kanye being involved in the score? 

Yeah, I think he’s going to produce a few things, some songs. That’s something me and Spike still have to talk about. Common‘s in it too, so I don’t know if he’s going to do any songs.

-Victoria B. (@unbashedlytori)

 

Azealia Banks Set to Star in Lionsgate Film ‘Coco’

Azealia Banks, the very outspoken and often controversial Harlem rapper, has just landed her film debut in an upcoming drama titled Coco. This will Azealia Banks’ first role in a feature film, and the drama for Lionsgate and Codeblack Films and will be directed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Also starring alongside Banks is Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee.

In the Brooklyn-set drama, Banks plays an aspiring twenty-something rapper who wants a career in hip-hop but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. She gives in. While matriculating, she finds herself in the classroom; she experiences the true calling of the power of the spoken word, which helps her goals as a hip-hop artist. It has a bit of 8 Mile edge to it.

Coco is slated for a 2016 release.

[via Deadline.com]

-Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)

Today In Hip Hop History: Rawkus Records Releases The ‘Lyricist Lounge Volume One’ Album 18 Years Ago

On May 5th, 1998 Rawkus Records released the first installment of the Lyricist Lounge albums titled Lyricist Lounge, Volume One, which showcased New York. It was a double-disc compilation that featured De La Soul, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Tash of Tha Alkaholiks, Punch & Words, O.C, Ras Kass, Black Thought, Common, Pharoahe Monch, Saul Williams, Kool Keith, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Bahamadia, Rah Digga, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Jurassic 5, KRS-One, Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Last Emperor, and Company Flow.

This CD is one of those that you don’t get often. It had incredible and intensely clever wordplay, and was great for the culture because of the positive support it showed for hip hop. Back then everyone thought hip-hop was rap music and rap music was gangsta. It made people think twice before making an assumption like that. Any hip-hop purist who enjoys freestyles and great rhymes that make you think then this is the album for you.

Common Takes A Seat In ‘Barbershop 3’

Common seems to be very busy now a days.

Common has been very occupied after recently winning an Best Original Song Oscar for him and John Legend’s “Glory”. Ever since then, he has been casted for multiple film roles. He is supposed to be in an upcoming thriller Every Secret Thing and Spike Lee’s new project, Chiraq. 

It has just been announced that Common will also star in Barbershop 3. I guess it is safe to say that Common is a rapper turned actor, but he still raps.

Its been over a decade since Barbershop 2, so I am excited to see what the crew has been up to. There is no official release date for the movie, but it’s scheduled to drop some time next year.

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ICYMI: David Ayer Reveals Jared Leto as “The Joker” For ‘Suicide Squad’

Well then…

Heath Ledger was the best “Joker” — let’s just get that out the way first. With the majority of the public’s opinion sharing a similar sentiment, it would seem revisiting that role would be no easy feat. It should come as no surprise though, that the über-talented Jared Leto — who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club — has been tasked with portraying Batman’s arch-nemesis in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.

After months of teasing, director David Ayer took to Twitter to show the world Leto as The Joker for the 75th anniversary of the classic comic book villain, and well… it wasn’t anything any of us could’ve predicted.

 


 
Gone is the purple three-piece suit, long, shaggy green hair, and uhhh.. eyebrows, seen in the villain’s last on-screen incarnation in 2008’s The Dark Knight. Leto’s Joker has short, neon green hair, with tattoos covering his chalky white skin and what seems to be silver grills on his teeth; suffice it to say Mr. J  looks as manic as ever.

Leto joins Will Smith as “Deadshot”, Margot Robbie as “Harley Quinn”, Common (in a yet-to-be announced role) and more as a collective of supervillains recruited for dangerous, covert missions by the government. The film has commenced production in Toronto and slated for theatrical release on August 5, 2016.

Check back for more announcements.

Watch the Trailer for ‘Every Secret Thing’ Starring Common

Common is straying away from the music, and taking his talents to the silver screen. 

After winning an Oscar for “Glory,” Common is starring in an upcoming thriller titled Every Secret Thing. The movie also stars Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane, and Elizabeth Banks.

The Amy J. Berg-directed film is about a toddler who is abducted shortly after two teenagers are released from prison, after doing a bid for kidnapping a child. Coincidence? From the looks of the trailer, Common plays the father of the missing child.

Every Secret Thing looks riveting and suspenseful, and we don’t think it will disappoint, what do you think? Watch the trailer and let us know your thoughts on Twitter.

-Ebbony (@miss2bees)