(AllHipHop News) 2014 marks the 20 year anniversary of numerous classic Hip Hop albums including Common’s second LP Resurrection. The No-ID produced project has repeatedly been included on several major publication’s “Greatest Rap Albums Of All Time” lists, and the song “I Used To Love H.E.R.” is regarded as one of the finest extended metaphor tracks from the genre.
Common spoke with Revolt about his musical masterpiece, and its significance two decades after being released.
“It’s funny to think about 20 years, because sometimes it doesn’t seem like that long,” said Common. “One other aspect of it is I feel grateful that I’m performing songs like ‘I Used to Love H.E.R.’ that people that’s only 23 in the audience know the song, so that’s already a blessing.”
While Com is appreciative that his earlier art is still respected, the Chicago actor/emcee is not content with resting on his previous contributions to the culture. He is still striving to create music with a lasting impact.
“One thing I’ve learned from my career is not to dwell on what you did in the past,” added Common. “Andre 3000 said it a long time ago: ‘You’re only as good as your last cut. Turn around, your ass will be a has-what.’ So for me, I stay in the progressive thoughts and try to do my best to be in the present.”
Common’s latest work, the Nobody’s Smiling album, was released in July. It included the Vince Staples-assisted song “Kingdom” and “Diamonds” with Big Sean.
Watch Common’s interview below.