It's been almost two years since Common released his "Universal Mind Control" album, but the Chicago rapper is still very much working.
Not only is Common the ambassador of the recently-released "DJ Hero 2" game, he's also hard at work on his upcoming "The Believer" album, slated for an early 2011 release. Producers No I.D. and Kanye West are at the helm of the project, which he says is "soulful hip-hop people want to hear from me, in the tradition of 'Be' and 'Finding Forever' -- it carries that sort of spirit for me."
"Believer" features guest appearances from Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and new collaborator Colbie Caillat, the latter who he says has a song titled "Bubbly" which he loves and sparked the collaboration.
Common also recently wrapped up a show for AMC called "Hell on Earth," about the first transcontinental railroad, and is still very much running his Common Ground foundation, through which he works with youth in helping better their education and improving their lives overall.
But when he has some downtime, Common is enjoying his "DJ Hero 2" game, which he says he likes most because it's "very supportive towards hip-hop and bringing together all genres of music."