Common Joins A Street Performer In An Off The Top Cypher That’s GREAT!
Common is a Hip-Hop legend who carries his love of the art-form. No matter how many plaques, spokesman gigs, or hits that the Chicago, Illinois veteran achieves, he has never been too big to freestyle, participate in the culture, and spread awareness of its foundation. In the last month alone, Comm’ Sense smashed an LA Leakers freestyle spot for more than five minutes. He also released a J Dilla-produced video single, “HER Love,” that extends a 25-year-old saga chronicling his romantic-like infatuation with Hip-Hop.
In town for Essence Fest, Common was captured rocking out on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana. On the sidewalk in front of the Ritz Carlton hotel, he encountered MC Ray Wimley, who was set up with a live band. At 2:35, after the local artist gets his bars off (including saluting the onlooking Rap giant), the chart-topper picks up a second microphone.
When Common begins his rhyme, he references Ray’s previous lyrics, showing a deft MC is often a top-notch listener. Like Wimbley, Comm’ improvises his bars—weaving in what’s happening around him, from his partner handing him a towel to the clothes of passersby.
Like a pro, the professional MC creates a lane for Ray Wimley to jump back in. The band grooves along with the set as the artists go back-and-forth off the dome, impeccably.
More than two years ago, Common and The Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought were walking through New Orleans when they encountered a young street drummer. It led to a viral video jam session (arranged by Comm’). Quest’ later gifted their collaborator with an all-new kit.
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#BonusBeat: Here is a recent video profile of Ray Wimley’s work on the streets of N.O. by OffBeat magazine: