Common ‘Story to Tell’ Playlist

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.

Andrew Barber is the owner/creator of Fake Shore Drive, a Chicago-based media, management and events company founded in 2007. Andrew is also a playlist curator, published music journalist, artist manager, brand and record label consultant and media personality. Andrew currently sits as Governor of The Recording Academy’s Grammy board. His radio show, The Drive on Shade 45, airs weekly on SiriusXM, and has been on air for over six years. He has also hosted programming on MTV and one of Chicago’s top radio stations, 107.5 WGCI-FM. As a journalist, Andrew has been published in publications such as VICE, Complex, Fader, XXL, Mass Appeal and more. Andrew’s company, Fake Shore Drive, has been instrumental in the rise of Chicago’s hip-hop scene, having helped cultivate the careers of Chance the Rapper, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Vic Mensa and the many other gold- and platinum-selling artists.

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