BET Awards 2024: 5 Essential Common Records

The hip-hop legend is performing at this year's BET Experience!

Common is a trailblazer in the world of hip-hop and is one of many legendary acts performing at the week-long BET Experience, Presented by Walmart. 

Taking place in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, this year's event is set to offer a dynamic mix of panels and showcases, all highlighting the finest in Black entertainment and culture and, of course, tons of star-studded performances.

With a career spanning over three decades, Common has consistently used his platform to address race, inequality, and justice issues, blending thought-provoking messages with smooth, jazz-infused beats. The Chicago native is set to electrify the stage during this year’s BET Experience, presented by Walmart. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with five of his essential tracks, and don’t forget to tune into the BET Awards 2024, hosted by Taraji P. Henson and airing on Sunday, June 30. For tickets and information for BET Experience, Presented by Walmart tickets, click here.

  • “The People”

    From the album Finding Forever, “The People” is a powerful anthem that speaks to Common's commitment to social consciousness and community empowerment. Produced by Kanye West, the song features a compelling beat and introspective lyrics that highlight Common's role as a voice for the people.

  • “Testify”

    Common’s 2005 track “Testify” is a gripping narrative track from the album Be, produced by Kanye West. The song tells the story of a courtroom drama with a twist ending, showcasing Common's storytelling ability and knack for vivid, cinematic lyrics. The video features a cameo from acting brothers Steve and Wood Harris and BET Awards 2024 host Taraji P. Henson. 

  • “Ghetto Dreams” feat. Nas

    Featuring Nas, “Ghetto Dreams” is a hard-hitting track from the album The Dreamer/The Believer. The song highlights the aspirations and struggles of those living in underserved communities, with both Common and Nas delivering powerful verses over a gritty beat.

  • “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

    A standout track from his album Resurrection, “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” is often hailed as one of Common's most significant works. This song personifies hip-hop as a woman, discussing its evolution and the genre’s commercialization, reflecting Common's deep connection to the culture.

  • “The Light”

    From his critically acclaimed album Like Water for Chocolate, Grammy-nominatedThe Light" is a heartfelt ode to love and relationships. Produced by J Dilla, the song samples Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes" and remains one of Common's most beloved tracks, celebrated for its soulful vibe and romantic lyrics

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET. 

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