Common stepped on stage, launching into “Go!” followed by fan favorites “U, Black Maybe” “Testify,” in which he acts out the lyrics to the song and “The People,” on which he raps the quite-true line, “Can’t leave rap alone, the streets need me.”

No Common show is complete without a freestyle. In this realm, competition is none. Common is quick to include details about the crowd, the city of L.A. and even current politics, as he ends with the words, “Fuck Bush.”