In a prime example of life coming full circle, Common stopped by the Staple showroom to chat with jeffstaple, fifteen years after jeff had designed the artwork for his single on Rawkus Records titled “One-Nine-Nine-Nine.” In this latest episode of “1-2-1 w/jeffstaple,” the two hip hop veterans – from the perspectives of the music and design worlds – reminisce about old records and new projects, social responsibility and the creative process. The Chicago native speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music and even recites a few bars. Common’s 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, released July 22, is a reunion with No I.D. as Executive Producer and features guest artists Vince Staples, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko.
I recently headed south to have a sit down chat with ATL native B.o.B. at Atlanta’s premier streetwear boutique, WISH. The rapper/musician has been at the top of several music charts since 2008 and continues to create cross-genre music, which can be seen in his new mixtape titled “No Genre Part 2.” We chop it up about his rough beginnings selling snacks to mainstream recognition and the importance of making mistakes.