Lastly [for now], to be considered a “Top” MC you have reach back and work with artists who are coming behind you. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start a label and try to sign them, but at least try to work with the youth. Common has done a good job at not becoming old head who thinks they are too good to rap with artists who aren’t from their era.

He went of his way to work with younger artists on his most recent album, 2014’s Nobody’s Smiling. Not only did he snatch up younger talents like Vince Staples and Big Sean to appear on the record…


…he even as far as to put fellow Chicagoans like King Louie, Lil Herb, Dreezy and Lil Bibby on the covers for the deluxe version of the album.

These are the reasons we came up with as to why Common should be considered in more “Top” debates. Do you have any more reasons why? Or do you have any reasons why not?

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