Common Addresses Race in Hip Hop, talks Jay Electronica, Chance, Kendrick, Gives Advice

Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with sits down with Common for an in-depth interview. In part 2 Common talks to Nick about which traits from fellow MCs he would chose to build the ultimate MC. We are not going to give away of all the traits and which MCs but he starts of with Biggies voice and flow. You are going to have to watch for the rest. As the interview moves along, Common shares his thoughts on the current state of hip hop which he think is in a good place. When asked if hip hop can be inclusive of all races and still keep it essence Common states “Hip Hop is about the bridge. It is the bridge! It is the thing that does allows all cultures and nationalities to be included.” Common shares what artists he enjoys most in hip hop naming a lot of rappers from a younger generation like Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, Dreezy Chance the Rapper, Lil Herb and Lil Bibby but then also states that he still listens to a lot of classic from Nas, Kanye and Outkast. Outside of Hip Hop Common mentions that he listens to a lot of Jazz and Gospel music and singles outs John Coltrane, William Murphy, Disclosure, Flying Lotus and Radiohead specially Kid A and Ok Computer. Common closes out part two of our interview by sharing his advice to young artists. You don’t want to miss what he has to say! Make sure to subscribe to for our latest videos, including more with Common. You can follow us at and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter. Also, make sure to visit for more interviews with your favorite artists.



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