Even though the critics declared Common's "Electic Circus" as a disappointment, the Chi-town lyricist still vouches for the release of the album. Same way he vouches for Kanye's "808's and Heartbreak".
In an interview with MTV, Common expressed his feelings for Kanye's release. All he needed was three words to describe how he felt about the album--"I love it."
He would further elaborate by saying:
"Let me tell you, as an artist, you wanna be free. You gotta do what you feel. You can't just cater to the audience. You gotta say, 'Hey, y'all, this is where I'm at.' For him to do an album called 808s and Heartbreak, you know that's where he is at this moment. I heard some songs, and I think it's fresh. I think the people are ready for it."
Common also expressed with MTV his progression as a songwriter."I just wrote whatever comes to me. [In the past], I would overthink things. I'd be like, 'OK, I did a song for the ladies, so I shouldn't do that again.' I was at a point where I was like, 'Man, I want to make people move and enjoy the music."
As for people questioning Common's sense of priorties in terms of juggling acting, and rapping, and labeling him as neglectful, he replied by saying: "I feel I've established who I am as a hip-hop artist. I think people respect that people are multitasking. If you're doing both passionately and do them well, people can respect them. I'mma do my best at that. I'mma create my music. Overall, I feel that both [my professions] sharpen each other." ...
Common's album "Universal Mind Control" drops Novemeber, the same month as Kanye's "808's and Heartbreak"