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More Shots Fired: ‘Open Letter’ Remix Featuring Common

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Chicago rapper Common has added a verse to Jay-Z’s controversial new track, “Open Letter.” The unofficial remix, released on Monday, has Common discussing his own trip to the island to visit Assata Shakur.

“The same way they say she was a shooter, Assata Shakur, they tried to execute her. We should free her like we should Mumia,” the emcee raps.

Shakur, a former Black Panther, is the step-aunt of the deceased hip-hop icon, Tupac Shakur. She fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from prison in the United States. Shakur is accused of shooting and killing a New Jersey State Trooper during a shootout and is classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist.

“It’s so political, I don’t trust figures, when it comes to revolution it’s just us ni**a,” Common continues. “They say I’m too Black like it’s lights out, might not get invited back to the White House. Still with the Obamas I ride, I’ll meet the President on the Southside.”

Last week, Jay-Z released the original version of “Open Letter” in response to media and politicians calling for an investigation into his five year anniversary trip to the Communist country with his wife, Beyonce.

Listen to the remix below and give us your thoughts.

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DMX Is Clean, Sober And Plans To Stay That Way!

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It’s a new dawn, a new day … DMX is sober!

The rapper’s lengthy history with drug abuse has been well documented by his many arrest and sometimes bizarre behavior, but Dark Man X is putting all of that behind him.

X has been in a treatment facility since late August and has been doing really well. The rapper opted for rehab instead of house arrest in order to improve his chances of kicking his drug habit and it looks like it may have worked.

Sources tell TMZ, the program is almost complete, but x will probably stay another 30 days since he’s been responding so well. X has even been able to take day trips with a friend to a nearby town.

Congrats to DMX!

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