We here at Life Of Kings love celebrating Legends while they still live, breath and take Kingly foot steps on this great Kingdom we call Earth. With his resent album release The Dreamer,The Believer and his first  book titled “One Day It Will All Make Sense” Lonnie Rashid Jr. A.K.A Common is still one of the greatest emcees to grace the mic. I’ve been a fan since I heard “I Used To Love H.E.R” off his second album Resurrection around 1994. Common has been carrying the torch for over a decade now with nine studio albums, Grammy awards and I’m sure he has his eye on an Oscar now. Some say Hip-Hop is dead others may debate but listening to his latest album Common would disagree with the non-believers as would I. His latest attempt is Hip-Hop in it’s purest form and I wouldn’t expect anything less coming from this King. Reading his book I had no idea that Common doesn’t write down his rhymes, he does the rain man rap just like King Jay-Z does, but of course he doesn’t brag or boast about his super human abilities the humble King just keeps perfecting his craft and gives his fans solid albums. 

In his book “One Day It Will All Make Sense”  Common writes about one of his heroes/producers Jay Dilla , he tells us how much Dilla loved music and how much he (Common) loved his style of music he called ” The Hump” as well as the bond they built while he was alive. Me being a huge Jay Dilla fan found these stories super emotional it really touched my heart so I would strongly recommend purchasing “One Day It Will All Make Sense.” Rashid takes you on a journey of self definition  growing up in Chicago holding a strong bond with his mother, hanging out  with his friends getting into fights finding love, losing love, his relationship with God and searching for his voice. 

 

” [ One Day It Will All Make Sense] is a book about [Common’s] fascinating life. That is true. More important, his story is the story of all young people trying to grow up. His saga reminds the reader that love liberates and poverty cripples. Common writes beautifully, like the poet he is.” Maya Angelou

 

I have put together a glimpse of Common’s new album The Dreamer,The Believer along with past classics to keep your head nodding, so press play and enjoy. Life Of Kings more than music it’s life.

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They say everyone has a story to tell, but some people are blessed to tell that story in a way that can move a generation. Karim Ramos is that blessing. He writes his life in between the lines to tell of his hardships, his mishaps, his stint homelessness and his triumphant journey back on his feet. After all he’s been through he manage’s to stay positive and full of life, you can feel his energy as soon as you step into his world. He has an energetic personality a kind of personality that attracts nearly all who meet him. Maybe that’s what Russell Simmons felt and saw in him, that he’s here for a greater purpose than he believes. After hearing glimpse of the stories, I believe he is too. From Fat Farm To Phat Farm can be best described as an “emotional roller coaster” you’ll cry, laugh, and cheer him on as he takes you on a journey about his life.

From Fat Farm To Phat Farm ( Never Give Up ) by Karim Ramos drops January 1st and you can get it at www.amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com Enjoy the Interview below.