Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Are Truly in Love, Says Friend Common (VIDEO)

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, as a couple, are the real deal, according to one of West’s best friends and musical partners, hip hop artist Common.

“Oh man, they are great — they are a great match,” Common told Celebuzz at Monday’s Hell on Wheels season 2 premiere party. The AMC show’s stars gathered together in Beverly Hills to celebrate its Aug. 12, 2012 start to a new season, at the Paley Center for Media.

“Love is the biggest key to a great match,” Common added, “and, I think they have that.”

Read what else Common said about Kimye …

West has appeared on E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians this season, making his debut on July 10’s episode.

Asked if he watched his friend West on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Common said with a smile: “No, I didn’t get to see him. But, I know he’s been working hard.”

West released a song in April, Theraflu (Way Too Cold), that made public West’s feelings about Kardashian. It featured the lyric, “I admit, I fell in love with Kim.”

On the July 10 episode, Kourtney Kardashian said of her sister’s relationship with West, “Kim and Kanye have known each other for years. They have been hanging out lately. And I have no idea where it’s going. Because I haven’t talked to Kim about it.”

Common has recorded numerous albums with West, including Common’s Be and Finding Forever and on West’s upcoming G.O.O.D. album Cruel Summer. Both are from Chicago.

West and Kardashian have been dating for five months.

Kardashian’s ex-husband Kris Humphries traded words with West on Twitter in mid-July.

He made reference to the Theraflu song — which made reference to Humphries and West’s collaborator Jay-Z, who holds a part ownership stake in Humphries’ team, the New Jersey Nets — now renamed to the Brooklyn Nets.

Common’s action-packed 1800’s-set Western series Hell on Wheels is premiering its second season Aug. 12, 2012. Common plays emancipated slave Elam Ferguson.

Hell on Wheels stars, including Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, and Dominique McElligott, who attended Monday’s premiere , teased bigger action for this season — but were vague on details.

Common and other Hell on Wheels stars said they shoot vintage guns this year — though Common has worked with guns on 2008’s Wanted, with Angelina Jolie, and 2007’s American Gangster, with Denzel Washington.

“You’re still dealing with an older weapon, so they may have to educate on the weapon you’re dealing with,” Common told Celebuzz.


Last week, movie producer mogul Harvey Weinstein said he would like to have an open conversation with Hollywood’s biggest directors, including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, to talk about violence in movies — after the Dark Knight Rises slayings.

Hell on Wheels, as anyone who watches it knows, is a violent show, with gunfire, fights, and killings.

Asked whether the violence in entertainment summit would be a good idea, Common, who has starred in violent movies, said he supported it.

The primary interest? It would show everyone else that Hollywood cared about making a responsible product — even if they didn’t change their movies.

“I mean it’s always good for us to communicate and talk things over. Hear people’s perspective, how we can improve things, that’s a wonderful thing,” Common said.

“I think it’s great that people will really sit down and talk about things, really take a responsibility, and say we care,” he adds. “Really, to sit down and even talk about is saying we care. We’re going to keep putting out whatever. We’re paying attention at least.”

Do you think Kanye and Kim are going to last? Are you watching Hell on Wheels this season? What do you think of Common’s thoughts on violence in movies and TV?