Common Says Going Vegetarian Made Him Rap Better

Common Says Going Vegetarian Made Him Rap Better
Common released his 11th studio album Black America Again just over a week ago, and if you're wondering what helped him pen the poignant, sociopolitical record, the MC reckons it's all in the diet.

As part of the December issue of Food & Wine, the Chicago MC revealed that going vegetarian had noticeable effect on his thought process, and by extension, his rapping. 

"As soon as I removed meat from 
my diet, I started to feel a clarity 
I didn't have before," he said. "It sounds funny, but I feel like I was rapping 

He added, "I grew up in Chicago eating everything: 
barbecue, hamburgers, bacon. Then I heard rappers, like KRS-One in 'My Philosophy,' 
say things about not eating meat, which 
was a real education, especially since it 
was coming from somebody cool. That stayed 
with me and made me want to learn more.

Elsewhere in the article, Common revealed that he's now returned to being a pescatarian, and that gluten-free, sugar-free cookies serve as a treat after a day of work. In looking forward to the holidays, he enjoys his eggnog spiked with a bit of liquor and fried catfish prepared by his mother.

Black America Again is out now through Artium/Def Jam, with Common having shared a remix of the album's title track featuring Gucci Mane, Pusha T and B.J. the Chicago Kid earlier this week. Read more on the rapper's eating habits here