Album Preview: Common – ‘The Dreamer/The Believer’


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Common’s forthcoming The Dreamer/The Believer no doubt holds true to its name with its impassioned delivery and upbeat vibe. For those that can’t wait until the official release on December 20th, take advantage of the album stream on YouTube and preview before your copy arrives, since you obviously already pre-ordered and all. Sounding real good.

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Video: Common Remarks on “Sweet”


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Clearly everyone remembers the “Sweet” video that dropped a while back – it was more than a little in your face. Our boy Common dropped his mister nice guy charm for a second to share a few choice words. In the video above, the rapper shares his inspiration behind the surprising tone in the track.

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Remembering The Florida Room As It Closes Its Doors


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This week, a very special venue in the hearts of many (including ours) closed its doors for good. The Florida Room in the basement of Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida was a Lenny Kravitz designed venue with the feel of a classic old school night club.

Within its first year of opening, Giant Step starting doing events at The Florida Room and the list became pretty impressive. Many of our events were Miami debuts featuring great artists such as Jose James, Janelle Monae, Melanie Fiona, and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.

Watch the video of Questlove and Gilles Peterson at WMC 2010 as Quest toasts Gilles for being one to go down in history – quite timely to share given yesterday’s news.

After the jump, also find videos from De La Soul, The Roots, and Janelle Monae, all doing their thing at a venue that will be greatly missed.

Here’s a partial list of some of our great nights:

June 2008 – Janelle Monae (Miami Debut)
Sept 2008 – Jazmine Sullivan (Miami Debut)
Oct 2008 – Nikka Costa
NYE 2008 – The Roots and Janelle Monae
Jan 2009 – The Florida Room 1st anniversary with De La Soul
WMC 2009 – Pete Rock, Benji B, Wale, Questlove, Melanie Fiona, Taylor McFerrin
NYE 2009 – Common
WMC 2010 – Gilles Peterson and Questlove

So to all our friends in Miami and of course the great staff of this special venue that had the best cocktails in the world – we salute you and all the good times.

More videos from The Florida Room after the jump

Common ‘The Dreamer/The Believer’ Now Available for Pre-Ordering + Special Bundle Option with Book


Common is set to release The Dreamer/The Believer on December 20th. Hopefully you’re up to speed and have already seen the terrifically well done videos for “Sweet,” “Blue Sky,” and “Ghetto Dreams.”

So for those on their game, you know the album is about to be something serious. To sweeten the deal, the album is set to feature John Legend, Nas and an original poem from Maya Angelou!

Pre-ordering is now set to go, so we advise you handle that sooner than later. Folks that prefer CD will have the option to pre-order the CD or purchase The Dreamer/The Believer Bundle to receive Common’s book, One Day It Will All Make Sense in addition to the CD (pictured below).

Pre-order The Dreamer/The Believer on iTunes | Amazon [CD]

Pre-order The Dreamer/The Believer on Warner Bros. Records Store [CD + Book Bundle]

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Video: Common – “Sweet”


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Many thanks to those who helped Common with premiering his new video for “Sweet” on UStream while also donating to charity!

Above you will find the regular stream for the video now that the donation period has passed. Filmed in Haiti, the video features speeding, shaking visuals with a rare form semi-aggro Common matching the grit.

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