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Common blows away Windy City
Three shows. Two nights. One city. In his final Chicago performance at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Common was no worse for the wear. With Michael Jordan and The 411 Online in attendance, Common got the hometown fans going by opening with choice tracks like "Be," "Go," "Testify" and "Faithful" from his latest album, Be. He worked the crowd with a breakdance session during "Thelonius," a 'phone call' from Talib Kweli and Mos Def that led into his verse from Kanye's "Get Em High" and a girl named Mocha who was pulled to the stage to literally "Bump & Grind" to R. Kelly. Common didn't forget about the classics either, delivering "I Used to Love H.E.R." with passion before switching into "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," his portion of the collabo with Erykah Badu and a lengthy freestyle -- his second of the night -- to A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation." Common broke down his albums with the crowd one-by-one, but when he came to Electric Circus and its mixed response, he used it as a launchpad for an angry rendition of "They Say." Not long after DJ Dummy scratched up "It Takes Two," Common closed the show with "The Food," "It's Your World" and an encore of "The Light." Fellow Chicago native Naledge opened the night with a performance that suggests good things to come from this recent Rawkus signee. The 411 Online spoke with Naledge before the show. Click here to read the full interview. Latest news...
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