A couple of years ahead of his live verse on the 1-9-9-9, Common paid a visit to Fat Beats in New York City to drop a killer freestyle over a classic Gang Starr track. The footage from 1997 features Com rocking straight from the dome with a set of bars that includes a bunch of his album titles and memorable tracks. The video is a great compliment to the recent release of Common’s No I.D. produced Nobody’s Smiling LP and solid reminder of exactly why he remains one of the nicest MC’s. Check the footage below to watch Common’s 1997 freestyle at Fat Beats. Purchase the Nobody’s Smiling LP via iTunes. Stay tuned for more from Common.