Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Living large like a Chicago Hip-Hop Star in the Sloop

When you think 'living like a Rap star' you think over the top non-sense and tons of bling. Well that's not the case with one of Chicago's brightest and best rappers, Common. Anyway, we got a chuckle when we read YoChicago last week and saw that Common's 2bd/2br condo at 1400 S. Michigan is available for rent:

For $2,500 a month, plus $150 per parking, you can live in a 1,248 square-foot, two-bedroom / two-bath condo in the (relatively) new 1400 Museum Park, 100 E 14th St in the South Loop, and have Common as your landlord, according to the Sun-Times.

The South Side native — who, at the best of times, has played ego Kanye’s id — bought the condo a couple years ago for $408,000 and spruced it up with custom lighting, a custom paint job, and built-in closets, says listing agent Jaueline Smith. The home features floor-to-ceiling windows, a separate den / office, a private balcony, and a stone master bath with shower seat sprays. (Smith’s listing mentions views of the Museum Campus, but I don’t see how that’s possible, given that the 09 tier faces west, overlooking Michigan Avenue just north of the 14th Street intersection.)

As a fan of Common's this was intriguing to us. For people who don't know some of his work, here is one of our favorite songs/videos (with some great Chicago scenery):


Anonymous said...

Love the scenery in the video, but

"...Black power, power to the people..."


Anonymous said...

The song is a story about a typical inner-city street corner. In context, the lyrics are: "The corner was our magic, our music, our politics/Fires raised as tribal dancers/and war cries that broke out on different corners/Power to the people, black power, black is beautiful." That is, those are words that might have been overheard within that context. Does that bother you?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, just imagine if someone put out a video that refered to "white power."

Anonymous said...

Really? If someone made a song about the struggles of the civil rights movement that mentioned those words, for example, I don't think it would cause a stir. There's a difference between making an exclamation and telling a story. Poetry and song lyrics often have a deeper meaning that go beyond literal words taken out of context.

Anonymous said...

Spin this however you want, but putting out a song about "black power" IS RACIST!

Did Mary Mitchell help pen the lyrics?

Anonymous said...

First of all it's not a song about black supremacy. Secondly, it's not even a song about black power! Thirdly, the person who says those words only sings the refrain and does so in the context of a character in the story being told by the song. Not everything is as black and white as you think it is (pun not intended)!