*Check out Common! The rapper/actor is now adding producer to his resume. He’s teaming up with director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “Grease: Live”) and Ian Edelman (“Puerto Ricans in Paris”) for a comedy series titled “93 Til Infinity.” Look for it to appear on Fox.
The premise of “93 til Infinity” follows a once successful 1990’s rapper (he’s black) who is struggling to adjust in the present day, as he works to figure out the next chapter of his life, reconnecting with his (white) best friend from middle school, himself also suffering a midlife crisis.
Speaking of the premise, some folks are probably shaking their head wondering why a show about a black aging rapper has to have a white best friend. Here’s what ShadowandAct‘s Tambay Obenson has to say about that:
“The premise of an aging rapper coping with a midlife crisis is certainly an intriguing one all by itself. Inserting a white co-star is unnecessary, although I assume doing so is to make the potential series an interracial affair, and thus potentially more marketable to a broader audience; at least, I’m assuming that’s the thinking here. But let’s see how this goes. Fox has made a script commitment to the project at this point.”
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Meanwhile, Common’s career is as busy as ever. Here’s what he’s got coming up on the film and TV side: a feature thriller titled “24 Four Hours to Live” in which he’ll co-star with Ethan Hawke, a “Black Samurai” TV series he’s attached to star in with RZA producing, and a “Cooley High” remake he’s a producer for, along with DeVon Franklin.
On the music front, according to Billboard, Common’s thought-provoking single “Black America Again” – about race issues in America – was recently released. In support of the single, he will host a discussion at the historically black university Morehouse College in Atlanta on Oct. 24, just a week before dropping his 11th studio album, Black America Again, set for release on Nov. 4.
Common’s forthcoming album features from a number of R&B artists including Stevie Wonder, Marsha Ambrosius and John Legend. The Chicago MC also taps Grammy-winning gospel artist Tasha Cobbs for “Little Chicago Boy,” the initial title for Common’s album before he renamed it to the timely Black America Again.
You can learn MORE at Billboard.