Common talks race, Chicago, and his friendship with Kanye West. [via TanningOfAmerica]

A look into the Illuminati and other pop music conspiracy theories. [via Slate]

SPIN celebrates the DIY rappers of modern times. [via SPIN]

The results of the annual HipHopDX Turkey Awards. [via HipHopDX]

A track-by-track breakdown of Mary J. Blige's new album. [via Billboard]

Lou Reed, Talib Kweli, and others officially support Occupy Wall Street. [via ConsequenceOfSound]