From diss tracks to dream-teams, Common has confirmed the exciting news of an upcoming project with fellow legendary producer Pete Rock. Drawing inspiration from the iconic hip-hop sounds of the 1990s, the two are determined to honor the past while creating something new. Just recently appearing on MSNBC’s The Beat With Ari Melber, Common expressed his enthusiasm for the project, noting the influence of artists such as Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul, who just recently released their music on streaming platforms. The rapper also commented on Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary, recognizing his own place in the evolution of the genre and the ways in which it brings people together. Common and Pete Rock have long been connected, having collaborated on tracks like “The Bitch In Yoo” and “Verbal Murder 2”, as well as joint albums such as The Dreamer/The Believer and Don’t Smoke Rock. Interestingly, Common even welcomed Ice Cube with open arms in Chicago prior to their diss track spat, as Cube recently revealed to Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber. The two rap icons have since buried the hatchet, and are now looking to join forces to create something truly special. As Common and Pete Rock continue their mission to bring the sounds of the past into the present, their upcoming project promises to be a celebration of hip-hop history and culture.