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Common has been all over the big screen lately, and is now getting ready to play an un-Common role in a Western series called “Hell on Wheels.”

His character, Elam, is a freed biracial slave struggling to find himself while working on the first U.S. Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s.

“The writing of the show was such quality and the character had so much depth to it,” the star told Beats, Boxing and Mayhem. “This is one of the best characters I’ve come across regarding reading any script in my life. To play a freed slave to represent that time was a challenge to me as an actor. Whether it’s TV or not, I just want to be a part of quality things. And being on AMC, the season doesn’t last as long so I’ll still be able to do films and tour. That made it even a better situation.”

Also coming up for Common is his next album, “Resurrection.”

Everything has to evolve,” he said. “Hip-hop might not have gone the direction I always wanted, but that’s part of being a person in any relationship. [Hip-hop] or someone might not do exactly what you want, but you have to love them for who they are. I would let hip-hop know I still love her.”