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Common ‘Enthused & Inspired’ By Upcoming Pete Rock-Produced Album

Common is hard at work on his Pete Rock-produced album, and it has him in a great creative space.

The Chicago native first announced the project last September, revealing that the effort is inspired by “Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, or De La Soul, because they just got their music on streaming, it’s been inspiring to hear.”


While appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote his new book And Then We Rise on Monday (January 22), he had an update.

“I’m working on a new album with the legendary Pete Rock as the producer and man I’m so enthused and inspired about this project,” Common gushed. “And Seth, I’m already plugging and saying, can I come back and perform some of this music?”


Common then shared the clip to his Instagram page to reiterate his sentiments, followed by a photo of him and Pete in the lab that he captioned, “We are Cooking.”

Pete Rock is equally as excited about the joint effort. Shortly after it was announced in the fall, the legendary producer shared HipHopDX’s story about it to emphasize how special he thinks it is going to be.

“You ever miss that feeling of a good release in hip hop?” he captioned the article’s screenshot on Instagram. “Remember how exciting that felt??? We both excited as a mafugga. i always feel like i got something to prove but its just fun to me to make music.

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“Competing to make good music with all the different personalities involved today just gotten dry. We love hip hop and you will know just how much. stay tuned!!!”

Common and Pete Rock have worked together several times in the past, including “Verbal Murder 2.” and the seminal Ice Cube diss “The Bitch In Yoo.”


Both artists have made collaborative projects before. Common created The Dreamer/The Believer in 2011 with No I.D., and Rock made Don’t Smoke Rock in 2016 with Smoke DZA.

As of this writing, there is no set release date for Common and Pete Rock’s effort.