LOCALS ONLY: Common and Kanye Rock Secret Show

Check out the photos of Common and surprise guest Kanye West moving the crowd at nbcnewyork.com's secret show...

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Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better know as Common, gave a free show on the Lower East Side last night for those lucky locals who got on the list.
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Despite the cold, wet weather hip hop fans turned out to hear the Chicago-based MC at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, a repurposed synagogue on Norfolk Street.
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As the sound check inside the lofty space concluded...
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...doors opened at 9 p.m. and guests began making their way in.
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Backstage, the star ate a quick dinner in between phone interviews. Perhaps chatting about his upcoming movie role in "Terminator Salvation"?
Fans upstairs had plenty of time to find a spot as the DJ kept the vibes up.
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There was no shortage of well-wishers downstairs as a steady stream of friends, staff and industry insiders got their chance at a little pre-show chat.
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Game time. Fashionably late, and foregoing his signature Soji hat for a pair of retro shades, Common made his way to the stage shadowed by security, and throngs of groupies.
The Grammy-Award winning recording artist waited as the crowd was primed.
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Common's 30-minute set included past hits and songs from his recently released album, "Universal Mind Control."
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The crowd listens to "Sex 4 Suga," a song off the new album.
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Common flashed his ever-ready peace sign to the audience several times.
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There were few in the crowd who did not have a camera phone or digital device to document their presence and proximity to the rapper.
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Audiences were not only treated a few bars of Common's unique freestyling, a surprise guest sweetened the deal.
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Kanye West's lyrical stylings alongside Common added to the atmosphere.
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Always understated, Kanye rocked bright red footwear during his brief cameo.
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The DJ was hot and the rhymes were tight. Good night in a great town.
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