Common Performs 4 Of His Essential Hits At The 2015 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (Video)

This Saturday (July 11), Common headlined the 2015 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Taking the stage following sets by Mobb Deep, Freeway, Large Professor, Skyzoo, Charles Hamilton, Lion Babe, Consequence, John Robinson and others, Common, a live band, and DJ Dummy brought the show to a crescendo.

The Chicago, Illinois Grammy and Oscar-winning MC welcomed an unlikely guest in Foxy Brown, and performed many of his hits in a career that spans more than 23 years. Included in Comm’s set were two integral songs from 2005’s Be album—”The Food” and “The Corner.” Leading into the one-two punch of joints (the first, notably signaled Common’s musical transformation thanks to “The Chappelle Show” in 2004), the MC recalled being a Brooklyn resident in the late 1990s. He, the band, and DJ Dummy (a native of Brooklyn himself, and onetime DJ for Brownsville’s Smoothe Da Hustler) brought in the hits, with a flare that made these cuts something new and unique:

As the sun set, Common followed, pointing out the strong significance of playing Hip-Hop music under the skyline that birthed it. Comm’ then played “Love Of My Life” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” two metaphoric songs surrounding the MC’s relationship with Hip-Hop. The live version interpolated Just-Ice’s “Going Way Back” and Salt N Pepa’s “My Mic Sounds Nice,” complete with beat-boxing,

Both performances are filmed Javier Martinez for the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

Featured photo by Photo Rob.

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