Common Talks the "Positive Hip-Hop" of 'The Dreamer, The Believer'
Published Aug 25, 2011We haven't heard too much about Common's upcoming The Dreamer, The Believer LP, save for its recently released No I.D.-produced boom-bap track "Ghetto Dreams." But considering the way the Chi-city spitter has been talking the disc up, it's bound to be the feel-good album of the year.
"It's going to be positive hip-hop. Hip-hop that can really generate good spirit, the spirit of the music and just good energy," he told the BoomBox. "I'm excited about the album [The Dreamer, The Believer]. I feel blessed that I got to work with No I.D. I'm enthused to do hip-hop, which is something that I have to do when I feel it."
While nearly 20 years after his debut disc, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, the MC is an icon in his own right, his latest has him tipping his hat to a number of other hip-hop legends.
"It's the spirit and energy of hip-hop that made you just enjoy it and love the music and not feel like, 'Man, is this gonna sell?' or 'I sold this many.' It's stuff that made you feel something, it's stuff that you can use that inspired your life," he said of shaping The Dreamer, The Believer. "I think about hip-hop like Brand Nubian and KRS-One and N.W.A. and Rakim, that stuff inspired my life. Those things really shaped who I am."
A tracklisting has yet to pop up for the album, which is due November 22 via Warner Bros.