I was looking for this song for the longest....funny thing is, I'm familiar with Common's music, but just never knew who the artist of this song was. Feel sorta stupid now. Good post. (now downloading)
Haven't been much into it after 2003.... It just seems hip hop is headed toward the wrong direction...in fact, it barley exist now-a-days. The only people that are keeping it going are the people you mentioned + dre, snoop, and eminem.
I agree completely, all the mindless beats and rhymes the mainstream people put out is just so fucking bad. There are only a few big names left that seem to care.
The People Under the stairs have been making awesome albums for over a decade, and not many people know they exist, which is a shame, their music is so fucking dope. I highly recommend you go and pick up their album 'O.S.T.' Every song is the shit. Here is one off their most recent album. and the new one that is coming out in september should be another dope one to add to the collection.
And one off OST!
I haven't been able to find it on youtube but off OST, the song 'The Breakdown' has to be the best hip-hop track of all time.
the R.E.D. album has leaked on the interwebs. I have it, kinda 'meh'. His lyrics are ok/good but the beats and the overall sound is just way to mainstream/poppy for my taste. I thought the same thing about LAX but it grew on me, we'll see about this one.