The Chicago rapper and Def Jam executive/producer reunite for a back-to-basics LP

"I'm trying not to do anything stereotypical," No I.D., the renowned producer-turned-Def Jam executive, tells a photographer at a shoot at the Skylark, a chic rooftop bar in New York. He puts his hand under his chin, like Auguste Rodin's The Thinker.

"Oh, man," says rapper Common, seated next to him on a plush couch. "That's one of my poses."

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