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Common Talks Signing With Warner Bros.

Rapper Common, who announced last week that he’s now signed to Warner Bros. Records, recently discussed his new deal, revealing that he left Universal Music over a year ago.

The Chicago rapper tells MTV News that he’s been a free agent since December 2009, and talked about the day Warner CEO Lyor Cohen reached out to him.

“Point blank, I got a call from Lyor Cohen,” Common told MTV News. “He was like, ‘Look, man, I know who you are. I always told you, you was one of my favorite MCs, and I really meant that.’

“I felt the sincerity in what he was saying. He didn’t tell me, ‘We’re going to do this, do that.’ He was more like, ‘I know how we can do your record, and I want to work this. I want this to be on my roster.’ “

Common is due to release a new album, The Dreamer, The Believer, in November.

The rapper also affirmed that he still affiliated with G.O.O.D. Music and Kanye West, saying, “It’s still G.O.O.D. Music all day and night.”

In addition to listening to Common’s interview with MTV, his newly released song featuring Nas is also posted below.

Common Ft. Nas – “Ghetto Dreams” [Audio]