Your man Common is not only a foundational Okayplayer and one of the foremost voices in the artform called Rhythmic American Poetry–he is also the cat who originally asked us all “The Questions.” It seems only right, then, to turn the tables and ask him for “The Answers.” When it came our turn to cross-examine Com, we skipped right past the philosophical, will-we-ever-know-the-answer type jawns (“Why do these girls look so good in the summer?”; “if you got paper like that, why you still hustlin?”; “Why do I need I.D. to get I.D.?”;) in favor of the tough, we-need-the-answers jawns: (“Where’s the best vegetarian food in Chicago?”; “What would you tell your 20-year old self?”; “Coors or Canada Dry?”; “Catfish or Red Snapper?”;”Detroit or Philly?”).
You may find the answers to our barrage of randomness to be more enlightening than you expected, whether Common is breaking down the need for artists to develop their business acumen or revealing what real-life figure this rapper-turnt-actor would most like to portray in a biopic. The A: either Martin Luther King, Jr. (hmmm) or Gil Scott Heron (hell yes). But you really shouldn’t be surprised if randomness is met with thoughtful introspection and straightforward sincerity. Because, C’mon, y’all. This is Common. Also, for the record? Detroit. It’s “The Questions” bwoyyy: