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28 Dec

Iconic artists and Chicago natives Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and No I.D. recently collaborated to record the track, “We Can Do It Now,” an ode to their hometown in celebration of the popular series, REPLAY. For a limited time, “We Can Do It Now” is available as a free download at

“We Can Do It Now” (Listen)

“We Can Do It Now” Inspiration Video

REPLAY has also released an inspiration video for “We Can Do It Now,” featuring Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and No I.D.

Gatorade created REPLAY to restage classic games that ended in controversy – offering athletes a second chance for redemption some 10-15 years later. Gatorade reunites the original teammates and provides them with an 8-week training and nutrition program so they can get back in peak shape and replay their game to settle the score once and for all.

Season III of REPLAY features two South Side Chicago high school basketball teams, the Bloom Township Trojans and the Brother Rice Crusaders. The two teams competed this fall to settle their 2000 super sectional game that decided who would go “downstate” to the Elite 8 and who would go home. The original game ended with a controversial call regarding the game clock, shrouding the final shot in controversy for a decade. A documentary sharing the journey of these athletes and their REPLAY game will be airing throughout the month of December on Fox Sports Net (check or Fox Sports Net for local listings). | Gatorade | Fox Sports

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21 Sep

American Express announced today that music sensations Jennifer Hudson, Common, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, and CL Smooth will join John Legend &The Roots as special guests from Terminal 5 in New York City on September 23rd for the “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express” live-stream concert, directed by filmmaker Spike Lee (Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing). The performance will be live-streamed Thursday, September 23 at 9:00PM/ET at and coincides with the highly anticipated collaborative album release, Wake Up!, from Legend & The Roots, which is available now.

The show represents the second installment of American Express’ “Unstaged” program, which launched in July, and is the latest offering from American Express in partnership with VEVO, the leading online premium music video and entertainment service, and YouTube, to feature five live-stream concerts with some of today’s most talented musicians and directors over the course of the year.

Bringing both the in-concert and at-home viewing experiences to entirely new heights, “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express” features some of the music industry’s most breakthrough artists playing at landmark venues across the country, while tapping some of today’s most influential filmmakers to direct the live-streams and using digital and social media to connect the online audience to the live shows in unexpected ways.

American Express ® Cardmembers and music enthusiasts can digitally connect to these live music experiences:

o Choose Your Cam: The audience can control their viewing experience throughout the concert by switching between Spike Lee’s main “director stream” and a second camera stream capturing alternative angles of the performance;

o Vote for the “Uncovered Song”: Online viewers can impact one performance of the night through real-time voting, choosing between a set of retrospective songs that weren’t covered on Wake Up!;

o On-line Pre Show: To raise anticipation around the performance, viewers who tune in early to the live-stream can watch a special segment with John Legend & The Roots directed by Spike Lee; and

o Tweet The Band: Further connecting the audience to the artists, fans can send questions to John Legend & The Roots through a special Twitter hashtag, #amexjohnlegend, for a chance to have them answered in an exclusive video segment during the Pre Show.

Cardmembers and music fans will have the opportunity to take a step towards making a difference in the world through Members Project ® from American Express and John Legend’s non-profit organization, the Show Me Campaign. Participants can log on to Members Project ® from American Express where they can learn more about the program and the different ways to get involved, such as volunteering at a local organization, voting for charities to receive funding from American Express, and sharing unique content with friends.



07 Oct

The Hennessy Artistry Tour with Common and The Roots has finally made its way to NYC tonight at Terminal 5. Check out some cool videos below including one from the Houston show:

Common, Black Thought and The Roots blended with surprise guest Big Daddy Kane on Aint No Half-Steppin at the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Series event at Houstons Corinthian 10/3

Common explains why blending is essential to his own artistry.

11 Sep

This weekend, the Hennessy Artistry tour kicks off in Chicago with Common, The Roots, Elevator Flight and Colin Munroe. Here’s a cool preview video of Common and Questlove speaking about how hip hop is a survival tool and what it means to be a TRUE artist. Check it out here or watch it below:

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Tour Dates

27 Aug

Common and The Roots’ Questlove are co-curators of the 2009 Hennessy Artistry series. Together, they’ll visit Chicago (The Shrine 9/12), Atlanta (Velvet Room 9/19), Houston (The Corinthian 10/3) and New York (Terminal 5 10/7). In the following video, Common and Questlove discuss why they and Hennessy put art before commerce to create the right musical blend.
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