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Fox News accused President Barack Obama of going back to his radical roots by inviting the rapper Common to the White House. 

They were audacious enough to say Common is a gangster rapper and if you have a bit of clue, we know Common is far from fitting this description. The folks over at Fox are probably uneasy about some of Common’s comments made about former President George W. Bush and are looking for a way to counter his point of view.

It is no secret that many celebrities have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Bush Administration in the past. However, this seems to us like Fox News and Obama opponents are looking to rain on Obama’s celebration parade, post Bin Laden’s death.

Nonetheless, we have compiled a list of Common songs for the “carnival barkers” over at Fox News. This should be helpful in shifting their image of what a gangster rapper is in the hip-hop community and what a gangster rapper is to those who are disconnected. We’ll let you tell it.


“I Used to Love H.E.R.”

This song was released on the 1994 album Resurrection, “I Used to Love H.E.R.” has since become one of Common’s best known songs. By the way, this classic was produced by Kanye’s mentor, No I.D.


“The 6th Sense”

This was the first single from Common’s 2000 album Like Water for Chocolate and is a b-side of “The Light.” It is produced by DJ Premier, making it the only song on Common’s 2000 album not produced by a member of the Soulquarians. 


“Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”

His first Grammy award was in 2003 for Best R&B Song for this hot jam featuring his former boo, Erykah Badu. Does this sound like gangsta rap to you?? 


“Southside” ft. Kanye West

Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside” (featuring Kanye West), from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. Common and Kanye West debuted “Southside Superbowl” on VH1’s Superbowl Pre-Bash. The track is remade for Finding Forever under the alias “Southside.” 


“Come Close” ft. Mary J. Blige

The Neptunes-produced track features vocals from the Queen herself, Mary J. Blige. Peaking at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Come Close” is the only song from Common’s 2002 album Electric Circus to make an appearance on the national music chart. 



“Go!” is the third single from rapper Common’s sixth album Be. It is also produced by Kanye West, who performs backing vocals for the track alongside John Mayer. The track’s percussion is handled by Num Amuntehu, while its scratches are provided by A-Trak. 



This was the fourth single off of his 2005 album, Be. The song’s story is about a woman who manipulates a judge and jury to find her partner guilty of a crime she committed. After the case is settled, she starts laughing and reveals that she is the criminal.