Common: “That was my boy [David Grant]. Me and my roommate Rassan stayed in an apartment in Hyde Parks. [David] really left his message for Rassan. Mo’ is a character, he was just that guy. He was a funny dude that just had a lot of personality.
So many people would come quote that to me from artists like Posdnuos from De La Soul and The Roots, to cats that I knew, to fans that I met. - Common
“When I heard that answering machine message, I was like, ‘Don’t erase it!’ It was just so perfect. I remember looking at the answering and I being so happy. Just the things he was saying were so funny to us and it was so Chicago.’ [Laughs.]
“I knew I had to keep that because it was so Chicago, it was what me and my homies was about and it was so funny. So many people would come quote that to me from artists like Posdnuos from De La Soul and The Roots, to cats that I knew, to fans that I met. Eventually, it got so big, he would joke, ‘Man, I need a royalty check for that.’ [Laughs.]”
[Ed. Note—David Grant, the voice on the answering machine skit, declined to comment for this piece, but wishes “Peace and Love.”]