Common has seen plenty since the release of his debut LP, 1992’s Can I Borrow A Dollar?, including two Grammy awards, headlining movie roles and more than two million in album sales. Yet this year he’s embarking on a first: a new mixtape.
“I love different sounds,” Common says. “That’s what challenges me and gives me juice to want to keep creating.”
Com, who stars in the movie Luv that dropped earlier this year, says the motivation for the mixtape is wanting to keep up with hip-hop’s non-stop pace.
“I just started recording material that I felt was free and fun and creative—it felt good,” he says. “Coming from the era of hip-hop that I started in, people would do an album every two years . In the climate of music now, you have to have material out there constant. That’s what made me want to do it.”
Aside from upcoming collaborations with Pusha T and his feature on Big Sean’s new single “Switch Up,” Com is planning for the release of his next album and mixtape in 2013.
“I have to really get zoned in on what the concept of it is, ‘cause I’ve just been recording songs,” he says of the mixtape. “It’ll come together.” —John Kennedy