Common is currently at work with No I.D. for his upcoming Warner Bros. Records debut, The Dreamer, The Believer, due November 22nd. In preparation for the album’s release, Com spoke with The BoomBox about how the LP is taking shape and that he and No I.D. are crafting “positive Hip Hop.”

“It’s going to be positive hip-hop. Hip-hop that can really generate good spirit, the spirit of the music and just good energy,” he said. “I’m excited about the album [‘The Dreamer, The Believer’]. I feel blessed that I got to work with No I.D. I’m enthused to do hip-hop, which is something that I have to do when I feel it.”

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The Chicago, Illinois native also explained that he’s trying to channel the sentiment of veteran rappers like KRS-One and Rakim.

“It’s the spirit and energy of hip-hop that made you just enjoy it and love the music and not feel like, ‘Man, is this gonna sell?’ or ‘I sold this many.’ It’s stuff that made you feel something, it’s stuff that you can use that inspired your life. I think about hip-hop like Brand Nubian and KRS-One and N.W.A. and Rakim, that stuff inspired my life. Those things really shaped who I am.”

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