Written by on October 10, 2021

COMMON DOES THE UNCOMMON, continuing as a Hip Hop Activist Common shines a light on prison systems. Common shows up for Chicago with his latest heroism.

On Tuesday (October 5), CBS Chicago reported that Common opened a fully functional recording studio inside Stateville Correctional Center in Cresthill, Illinois. Attorney Ari Williams initially came up with the idea to give the inmates at Stateville an opportunity to tap into their creativity while serving their respective sentences.

“The gentlemen who are incarcerated deserve access to better things in life so that’s why I fight for my city,” Common said. “And that’s why my heart is always with Chicago.”

Ari Williams added, “I know music brings us all together. I want them to be OK. I want them to do something they’ve love to do. And I know many of them are rappers. They love to rap and they love to sing.”

Elibert, Mark. “Common Looking to Foster Future Chicago Rappers with Recording Studio Inside Prison.” HipHopDX, HipHopDX, 6 Oct. 2021,



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