Common & Pete Rock Drop “Wise Up” Single & Music Video

Two hip-hop legends, Common and Pete Rock, released their new single “Wise Up.” The track demonstrates their enduring influence in the genre, with Common delivering verses that pay homage to his extensive career and nod to fellow icons like Scarface and J Dilla. Pete Rock complements this with a classic boom-bap beat, enriched by a sample from MC Shan’s 1986 hit “The Bridge.”

The release is accompanied by a music video set in the vibrant streets of New York City, the cradle of hip-hop. This visual piece not only captures the song’s essence but also serves as a homage to the city’s monumental role in the genre’s history.

“Wise Up” marks the beginning of a new chapter for the duo as it is the lead single from their forthcoming collaborative album, The Auditorium Vol. 1. While Common and Pete Rock have crossed paths professionally numerous times, including the infamous “The Bitch In Yoo” diss track to Ice Cube during the long-settled feud between Common and Cube, this album represents their first full-fledged partnership.

In a recent statement, Common expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, emphasizing the track’s connection to hip-hop’s foundational sounds and its fresh perspective. Pete Rock echoed these sentiments, highlighting their seamless creative synergy and shared dedication to the art form.

The exact launch date remains under wraps for The Auditorium Vol. 1. However, the excitement is palpable, and the single “Wise Up” is already resonating with listeners, promising a project that honors the past while forging ahead into hip-hop’s future.