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Common Opens Up About Performing At The BET Hip Hop Awards Two Weeks After His Father’s Death

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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.

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Chris Graham Reveals Best Advice Cousin Drake Has Given Him

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There’s a new member to the OVO Sound family. Drake’s Toronto-based label is expanding it’s roster, and this time the new addition is actually family.

Drizzy has signed his first cousin Christopher “Royalty” Graham to OVO.

If you couldn’t tell from the last name, the Memphis-bred rapper is actually blood-related. His father and Drake’s dad, Dennis Graham, are brothers, and it’s safe to say music definitely runs through their genes.

We caught up with the new signee, who now just goes by the stage name Chris Graham, at the 2017 American Music Award’s about his upcoming project, who’s a better singer him or Drake, and the best advice his big cousin has given him.

 

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