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Common Talks His First Rap Album, First Rhymes in ‘Bluebird Memories’ Excerpt

Rapper’s live show will arrive as an Audible original in August

Common tells the story of his first rap record and first rhymes in an excerpt from his Audible original, 'Bluebird Memories.'

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Common recounts the story behind the first rap record he bought — and the first rhyme he wrote — in an excerpt from his upcoming Audible original, Bluebird Memories: A Journey Through Lyrics and Life, out August 4th.

Common recorded Bluebird Memories at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City in January, mixing storytelling and music with the help of a full band, featuring a special guest appearance from jazz musician Robert Grasper. In the preview clip, Common speaks to his late father, who bought him his first rap record, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s The Message (Common even performs a snippet of the iconic title-track).

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