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Concert Featured Surprise performances by Kanye West, Queen Latifah
Heavy D and Mos Def to Benefit the Common Ground Foundation


September 27, 2009 (LOS ANGELES) –The Common Ground Foundation held its second annual “Common & Friends” concert at the famed Hollywood Palladium Saturday night. The show, sponsored by Hennessy Artistry with additional sponsor support from American Airlines, Best Buy @15, Diesel and William Morris Endeavor, raised funds for the foundation, created by Grammy-Award winning hip-hop artist and actor, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, best known as Common.

The concert featured live performances from Common, The Roots, Nas, De La Soul, Ludacris, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Heavy D. while Freddy Rodriguez, Garth Trinidad, Rasual Butler, Toccara Jones, Serena Williams, Amber Rose, Erica Hubbard, Alyssa Milano, Eva Amurri and Ian Ziering were all in attendance to support the Common Ground Foundation.

“I am very grateful and thankful to all who attended and supported the 2nd annual Common Ground Foundation event. To all the gifted artists that participated – I thank you for giving your time, energy, and creativity,” said Common. “To all the sponsors, thank you for your ongoing commitment to the progress of the future of our youth. God bless… Love.”

The Common Ground Foundation continues to show support through partnerships, events and programs reaching many dynamic groups. Recent initiatives have included being the recipient of Cartier’s LOVE Charity program; the Chicago White Sox’s “Be in the Game” day at Cellular Field; and the Emmy-award nominated “A Minute” campaign. Last year’s inaugural event, “Start the Show & Bowl” featured, Lupe Fiasco, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Bilal, and Marsha Ambrosius.

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About The Common Ground Foundation

The Common Ground Foundation is committed to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. The Foundation’s vision serves as an inspiration for equality, opportunity and hope among youth in underserved communities. For more information, please visit

  1. BEST DRESSED: Manchildblack & Monstah Black followed by Wunmi (she makes her own clothes!),
  2. MOST GIGS ALL WEEK: DJ Spinna followed by Rich Medina & Daz-I-Kue
  3. BEST DJ SET: Rich Medina (@ The Joint Boat Party), Simbad (@ Raw Fusion), DJ Karizma (All Sets)
  4. BEST LIVE SHOW: Amp Fiddler & Eric Roberson (ROOTS NYC/BEHRINGER event) and all the acts at the Direct Drive TV Event: Leroy Burgess, Exchange Bureau, Jeremy Ellis aka Ayro with John Arnold, Julie Dexter, Angelique, Nadia Harris
  5. MOST TALKED ABOUT PERSONALITIES: Erykah Badu (Giant Step @ Delano), Common (Pool Party @ Shelbourne with Talib Kweli, Biz Markie & Jazzy Jeff) and Russell Simmons at Fashion Week visiting various WMC events
  6. NUMBER 1 SONG OF THE CONFERENCE: “Bounce!” by Ayro ( +DJ Spinna remix) – original mix found on our Fusicology 2008 Spring Sampler
  7. PHRASE OF THE CONFERENCE: “I am feeling myself!”
  8. BEST OLD SCHOOL PERFORMANCES: Leroy Burgess & Amp Fiddler
  9. BEST NEW SCHOOL PERFORMANCES: TK Wonder & Taylor McFerrin
  10. BEST PARTIES OF WMC 2008: James Brown Tribute, Libation, Bugz vs Jazzanova, Stones Throw, Miambient, Om Records, Roots NYC, 3º/ King Street 15 Year + Co-Op & Raw Fusion @ Club Jazid (our favorite venue) – Cop-Op & Raw Fusion really took the cake!

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It’s that time of year when 2K Sports releases their award winning NBA basketball game. Outside of the obvious graphic, rosters and AI overhaul, the soundtrack is best known for displaying Hip Hop Classics, along with some of the best Underground Hip Hop around.

This year, 2K Sports teamed up and let Dan “The Automator” Nakamura produce one of the best 2K Sports track listings in a long time. The likings of the late J Dilla, Common and Run-DMC, just to name a few. Because we are Dilla fans, we could be a bit bias. You cannot beat ruling the Slam Dunk Contest on the Vegas Strip listening to E=MC2.

If you have not stepped out and purchased your NBA 2K8, click
here to view the full info and track listings.

We got the inside scoop from Spinderella, who was chosen to host the VH1 Hip Hop Honors red carpet arrivals and backstage exclusives. Highlights included honors to the the movie Wildstyle, a set by Snoop Dogg and an unforgettable A Tribe Called Quest tribute with Common, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco, Busta Rhymes & Spliff Star with the evening culminating with “Check the Rhyme” performed by Tribe themselves.

The official afterparty had honorees Salt N Peppa, Tribe & Kool Keith and Missy Elliott’s afterparty had special guests Timbaland, Keyshia Cole, Tweet & Ciara. Other events included DJ ?uestlove on Thursday, DJ Moe Choi & J-Zone on Friday and Common and an official afterparty with his DJ Dummy Sunday ending the weekends hip hop festivities. The day after the big show, Spinderella hosted the Dubspot-Ubiquita Red Carpet Urban Mix Suite which was sponsored by, Misbehave Magazine, Moet-Hennessy and

Special thanks to Spinderella and her publicist from Rootz Media