MVRemix: What are some CDs or LPs that you have been listening to lately?
Common: The same stuff that I have been checking out for a minute, old stuff. I like the N.E.R.D. album. I love The Roots album. 'The Seed' is their next single.
MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you encountered?
Common: Being in this country.... (laughs). I was in this acting class and I don't know if they know that they are doing it or not, but all the roles I get picked for are those stereotypical Black roles. People get to pick other people to play characters in their stories and I get the traditional rap character, the roles we always get in Hollywood.
MVRemix: What was the most fulfilling collaboration you have ever done?
Common: The one I am most proud of is the one I did with Cee-Lo (of Goodie Mob) called 'G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition). The way he was singing on his verse was something.
MVRemix: Where were you on Sept. 11th and how did you deal with it? How do you think 9-11 has affected hip-hop?
Common: I was in New York and I was just trying to figure out what is going on in the world. I experienced the unknown, The Revelation. It's time we start focus on what's going on in our lives and try to pay a little more attention. We get caught up in being in the music industry and trying to achieve stuff and success. I wasn't really paying attention to what's going on in the world. Now, I don't know a lot about world politics but when it comes to my mind, I can let out a prayer or two to people. It taught me and other people that we are not too far from anything. It taught us that anything can happen. God is showing us that. I heard the Space Shuttle exploded over a place called Palestine Texas. Come on, man. It's symbolic.
MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions about you?
Common: That I'm only into certain types of music. I don't really know because it's hard for me to say what other people think. A lot of people don't come up and tell me to my face. One thing I know is that some people think that I'm only into certain things and that I'm stubborn. It's true sometimes.
MVRemix: What are some emcees that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Common: Nas. I like Nas. That's it.
MVRemix: What are some producers that would like to collaborate with in the future?
Common: Erykah Badu (laughs)...I've been working with the producers I want to work with. I've been blessed with the opportunity that I can work with the producers that I really love."
MVRemix: Word association time. I'm going to say a name of an artist or producer and you say the first word that pops in your head. So, if I said 'Chuck D', you may say 'Revolution'. Ok?
Common: If you said 'Chuck D', I would say 'Yes! The rhythm! The rebel!...
MVRemix: Del The Funky Homosapian
Common: Hella Good.
MVRemix: The Coup
MVRemix: Lone Catalysts
Common: Never heard of them.
MVRemix: Phife Dawg
Common: Tribe Called Quest.
MVRemix: What do you think your last couple of albums would sound like if you never met Jay Dee?
Common: I don't even know. I don't think like that because I think that everything happens for a reason. It just came about. God put me and Jay Dee together to do certain things. I can't even think like that because it already happened.
MVRemix: What advice would you give to an artist trying to make it in the music business?
Common: Be yourself. Get in-tuned with yourself enough to be yourself and focus on who you are. Don't be afraid to go out and be who you are. Don't be afraid to explore and do different things. Be true to yourself and work hard. Have faith in yourself and God. If you remain yourself, no matter what is going on in the industry, you can be appreciated. You need to be heard. Do what you do and work at it.
MVRemix: What's that new song you did with Mya?
Common: It's a commercial. We originally did a whole track but we knew that we were doing it for a commercial. We decided to make a song and they decided to keep what they wanted to keep. It's not released on vinyl or as a single. It's only a commercial.
MVRemix: What do you want on your epitaph?
Common: I don't even know. I'm not thinking like that. I believe that thoughts and words are so powerful that I don't want to put any of that stuff in the air. You know? What I'm leaving for people is being left as I keep continuing to enjoy my life. That's what it is.
MVRemix: What can we expect from Common in the future?
Common: Expect growth. Expect fun, good music. Expect me to come out! The remix of 'Come Close' is coming out soon. We are going out to promote the next single too. I'm going on tour with Gangstarr and Talib Kweli. It's going to be dope.
MVRemix: Who's on the 'Come Close' remix?
Common: I can't really say. I don't want to spoil the surprise.
MVRemix: What will be the next single?
Common: 'I Am Music'.
MVRemix: Any last comments for the people who will read this?
Love yourself, be yourself, know yourself. Thank you to everybody who is supporting me.
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