Common Exerts ‘Control’ On New Single

May 24, 2008 at 9:04 am | Posted in common, kanye west | Leave a comment
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Rapper Common has chosen “Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)” as the first single from his upcoming album, “Invincible Summer,” due in mid-July via Geffen. The track was produced by the Neptune and features that outfit’s Pharrell Williams on the chorus.

“Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)” is a high-energy track reminiscent of Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force’s “Planet Rock.” “I created this music for the summertime. It’s about feeling good,” Common told Billboard.com last month. “This is the type of music I felt was missing from my body of work.”

The Neptunes and Outkast producer Mr. DJ produced the bulk of “Invincible Summer.” Kanye West, who helmed the production on Common’s last album, 2007’s “Finding Forever,” did not contribute any tracks this time around.

“Finding Forever” has sold 551,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kanye, Common, Method Man Sued Over Jazz Sample

May 24, 2008 at 8:59 am | Posted in common, kanye west, method man | Leave a comment
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Rappers Kanye West, Method Man, Redman, Common and their record companies were sued yesterday (May 22) by late U.S. jazz musician Joe Farrell’s daughter, who accused them of using her father’s music without approval.

The lawsuit, filed by Kathleen Firrantello in the U.S. District Court in New York, names the rappers along with various labels owned by Universal Music Group.

None of the record companies or representatives for the rappers were immediately available for comment.

The lawsuit said all the rappers used portions of Farrell’s 1974 musical composition “Upon This Rock” in three separate songs — West in “Gone,” Common in “Chi-City” and Method Man and Redman in their song “Run 4 Cover.”

Firrantello is seeking punitive damages of at least $1 million and asked that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed, according to the lawsuit.

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