Common’s catalog — more than a dozen LPs, most featuring cutting-edge production — is nearly without precedent in hip-hop. Andrew Barber serves as your expert tour guide with this annotated playlist.
Common Featuring Kanye West, “Southside”:
This ode to Com and Kanye’s side of town snagged Common his second Grammy Award. Fun fact: This collab premiered in promo spots for the 2007 Super Bowl that pitted the Chicago Bears against the Indianapolis Colts. Huge accolades for a song that was never released as a single.