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Common leaves Universal after ten years

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American rapper Common has left Universal Music Group after ten years with the music giant.

Common has signed an undisclosed deal with Warner Bros Records to continue his rap career, reports Billboard.

Warner Bros Records CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the news on Friday following a concert by the company's recent addition Gary Clark Jr.

"I'm very grateful to be part of this family, to be part of this team," Common said of his decision to switch labels.

"We have very inspirational, exciting music to team up with you. We're just open to what this change can bring."

Common has reportedly been working with Kanye West on the follow-up to his 2008 album Universal Mind Control, called The Dream, The Believer.

The LP was originally expected later this year, but Common has yet to announce whether his label change will affect plans for its release.

Earlier this year, Common launched a donation drive for his charity the Common Ground Foundation, which helps disadvantaged young people achieve their dreams.

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