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Common on Activism

SOURCE: WBUR - Here & Now | August 29, 2016 | PHOTO: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Common, the hip-hop artist from Chicago, has been on the rap scene since the early-1990s. He branched into acting in the 2000s, and he recently started the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that aims to empower underprivileged young people through creative arts, mentoring and educational opportunities.

He's also working with Allstate on a scholarship program for students at historically black colleges.

Common joins Here & Now's Robin Young to talk about his upcoming album, his role in hip hop and his hometown of Chicago.

On his most recent music project

"…Things have grown. It’s an album now, and it’s called 'A Bigger Picture Called Free'… It’s a social, political piece of art. It’s just so many things, topics, and issues that I’m talking about, and it’s music. And I’m really excited about it."

Listen to the full interview here or below.