The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards commences Saturday and while everyone else was getting ready for the show outside of the Atlanta Civic Center, where the award show is being held, HipHollywood was able to get a private access inside to Common’s rehearsal for his performance of the song, “Kingdom.”
This will be Common’s first television performance since the passing of his father, Lonnie Lynn, less than 2 weeks ago, at the age of 71. Lynn had been featured on multiple tracks throughout Common’s music career and since the song “Kingdom” details feelings surrounding death, we wanted to know if this would have an impact on Common’s performance.
“I’ll see what I feel in the moment,” the 42-year-old rapper told HipHollywood. “The song is not only, you know, its not about my father, but obviously, like you said, it does have a spiritual tone. And I feel like, you know, as I have respect for the ancestors the way he did, that he will always be with me and that’s gone carry through in some of what I’m doing all the time.”
Common has kept his father’s death private and has not addressed it on social media, where he is usually quite active, making this one of the biggest comments regarding the passing of his father to the public thus far.
Take a look at the video above to see what else Common had to say and get a sneak peak look at his moving performance.
Make sure to check out the BET Hip Hop Awards which airs October 14th at 8pm ET.