If you need Evan Nabavian he’s upstate, but not on the Riker’s Bus.
Common? The black guy from Wanted? The one who did that romantic comedy with Queen Latifah last year? He raps? Are you sure? Yes, Common was once a rapper. And long before that, he was a good rapper. If you can’t remember his last album, that’s because it was awful, even by the standards of people who like the shittiest commercial hip-hop.
It’s usually easy for wayward rappers to redeem themselves. Snoop Dogg can work with Katy Perry and Battlecat in the same week and get away with it. Likewise, Common can call up No I.D., get one of the dusty beats that Big Sean turned down, and all should be well. But for some reason, Common raps about having sex with a ghetto queen in his car, which would be great coming from almost any other rapper, but it sounds forced and pathetic from Common. He’s has asked us to suspend our disbelief too many times already with too little reward. Nas however delivers an untouchable verse full of distilled, lyrical pimpage. Common should give all his No I.D. beats to Nas and apply to be an anchor on the Oprah Winfrey Network.