There is some fine manliness on the cover of JET this week. Common talks with the magazine about his new ventures and opens up about the one common denominator between his rap and acting hustle and relationships: love. Here’s what he had he to say:
On Love of the Hustle
“First and foremost, you have to have some passion behind the things you’re doing. I don’t just do things with art if I’m not motivated at all. That’s not to say that I don’t want to generate an income; yes, I want to be the highest-selling, the most profitable. But it’s the love for the art that comes first. That’s the motivation. Behind that, the rest will come.”
On Love in General
“I think the core of the human being and the heart is love, and we all want that. Love has allowed me to do the things I’m doing in life. I feel like we all deserve that — to receive love and give it, too. I think when you give that love — love of God, love of other people, self-love — you’re able to make the world better. Your days go better.”
On Being Man Enough to Talk About Love
“I have been in love, and I did get my heart broken. As an adult, I can say I’ve been through love, and [these are] some of the experiences I’ve had. Men love. Men go crazy over women. They go to prison, start wars, and lose hair over them. Don’t act like you can’t acknowledge it. It may be that you haven’t been through it, so I’m not afraid to say it.”
Common’s cover issue hit newsstands yesterday.
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Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.