The return of Common and No ID. There’s a war going on outside no man is safe from, and Common offers up his state of the union address regarding the current state of affairs in Chicago. This is first class MCing over triumphant No ID-production right here. This leak comes just hours after the announcement of Common’s new No ID-produced album, Nobody Smiling. Ask and you shall receive.
This joint is my speed, and is exactly what I wanna hear Com and Dion making right now. They’re out for blood — better yet they’re out to stop the blood from spilling.
At the top of the last year (1/3/13 to be exact), Common announced on Jimmy Fallon that he was set to drop three projects throughout 2013: an EP, a mixtape and an official album. Well, 2013 came and went, and we struck out on all three. Nada. Zero. Zilch.
Well, Common returns almost a year to the date to announce a brand new project, Nobody Smiling, which is scheduled to drop in 2014, and will be produced entirely by No ID.
“2014 will one of my greatest times in music,” Common promised during a sit-down with REVOLT before a recent show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Why is he feeling this way? Well, Common is actually prepping the arrival of his 10th studio album, Nobody Smiling-a title that stays true to enriching his troubled hometown of Chicago.
“I feel excited about the project that I’m working on. It’s called Nobody Smiling and it’s an album that originally I was making an EP but, we’ve just been making a lot of songs-myself and No I.D.-and I liked the direction,” he admits.
This sounds great, as any product from No ID and Common is sure to be top notch, I just hope we actually get it this year. Common and No ID are extremely busy men, but let’s hope they can find time to knock this project out.
With J. Dilla on the beat, his little brother Illa J links with Frank Nitty to form the duo of the Yancey Boys. Their album, Sunset BLVD, dropped on Delicious Vinyl a few weeks back and today they give us their first video — “Quicksand” featuring Com Sense and songstress Dezi Paige. Don’t get stuck.
Delicious Vinyl brings you Sunset Blvd, the new album from Yancey Boys, the group piloted by John “Illa J” Yancey and Frank Nitt. The dynamic new collection is built around previously unheard tracks created by Illa J’s brother: the late, great J Dilla (James Yancey). With Frank Nitt’s standing as J Dilla Music Catalog Curator and the official approval of Yancey Media Group, all productions on Sunset Blvd originate from The Lost Scrolls — the stunning cache of beats Dilla left behind.Album features include appearances from Common, Talib Kweli, J. Rocc, Guilty Simpson, T3 of Slum Village and others. “Sun
This quietly dropped a few weeks back, but never made the internets rounds. Welp, I guess it’s better late than never. Here Com lends some bars to Aaradhna’s bubbling hit “Wake Up,” which went #1 in New Zealand. Wake up and press play on this chart topper below.
Video: Derrick Rose Goes Behind The Scenes of “Basketball Is Everything” w/ Common, 2 Chainz & Big Sean
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt experienced the new adidas commercial for the D. Rose 4 which is currently airing on every channel around the globe. The spot features Derrick alongside some of his favorite emcees, Common, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Dom Kennedy and proves that basketball is truly everything for Derrick. For real. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage above, and grab the D. Rose 4′s which are in stores now.
Common, who was back in town for the opening night of the Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses photo exhibit at Ignite Glass Studio, sat down with DNAInfo to speak on a slew of topics including rap beef, Chicago’s new generation, and the highly-scrutinized Drill scene.
Common, who is no stranger to verbal confrontations on wax, urges the new crop of Chicago rappers to watch what they do and say on records and tweet — as it can come back to haunt them in the future. He later discussed how Minister Louis Farrakhan brought him and Ice Cube together in 1997 to squash their feud before it escalated to violence:
“At the time Biggie Smalls and Tupac had just lost their lives, so we realized this could get out of hand,” said Common, who has also traded verbal barbs with rapper Drake. “What I learned was that hip-hop is always about the battle — but don’t take it past the records.”
Later in the piece he talks about the drill scene, and other notable figures in the current marketplace:
“There’s some good drill music and there’s some drill music that’s not good,” Common said, with a chuckle. “I can appreciate the good drill music and I respect the fact that it’s a movement.”
The rapper emphasized that there’s no “Chicago sound,” but rather a diverse mix of musical perspectives on Chicago, from the violent street tales of Chief Keef to the thoughtful, fun-loving raps of Chance the Rapper.
“Whether its King Louie, Chief Keef, Lil Reese … all these guys represent a certain aspect of Chicago, and then you have Chance the Rapper who represents another aspect of Chicago. I like that those guys are doing their thing,” he said. “I like that there’s a Chicago movement — and a variety of music. That’s one thing I always appreciated about Chicago, that you had myself, you had Kanye, Lupe and you also had Twista and each of us raps different.”
You can read the full interview here.
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The D. Rose 4 campaign is now in full swing, with the shoes landing in stores next week. Today, adidas kicks off their “Basketball is Everything” ad roll-out with the first spot which features Derrick ready to trade it all simply for the love of basketball. The spot features a handful of artists as well, with Common, 2 Chainz and Big Sean making appearances. I know you’re thinking “Dom Kennedy, why is Dom Kennedy here?” Well, Dom is actually one of Derrick’s emcees. Dope, right?
D Rose reminds us that if you took away the money, the fame, lifestyle or the flash. He would still have everything. Basketball is everything.
Robert Glasper flies to Chicago to grab Com Sense and Patrick Stump for “I Stand Alone,” which is on Rob’s Black Radio 2 project. Grab it on iTunes now.
“I’ve known Common for years; we lived a few blocks away from each other in Brooklyn, and he’s one of my favorite MCs, so I had to ask him to rep on this song,” Glasper tells Rolling Stone. “He and Patrick are both from Chicago and Patrick is a friend of mine as well.
The song speaks to being your own person, never conforming to anything that’s not you, and to being the best at what you do!”
Remember when Common announced that he would be releasing a new album, EP and mixtape in 2013? Well, HHDX caught up with Com recently and learned that a new EP from the emcee is still coming this year.
“I’ve only got a couple songs, but I’m gonna get the EP done quick and then I’m gonna release an LP at the top of next year,” Common said.
The EP is set to include a collaboration with Venice Beach spitter Vince Staples, who reportedly just inked a deal with Def Jam.
“I got my man Vince Staples on a song,” Common said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “I like him. He’s cold on the mic. When I heard him rapping, I was like, ‘This dude can really rhyme.’ It made me want to write.”
Hopefully, Com’s EP impacts later this fall. Read the full article here.
On Friday, September 20th, Common is giving back yet again, with a benefit concert for his Common Ground Foundation. Common, alongside some very special guests, will grace the stage in the name of his charity with all proceeds will go to his Foundation. Tickets are available now from $55 – $75 (for general admission), with VIP tickets going for $125. Tix are still available and can be purchased right here, right now.
Doors: 07:30 PM
Show: 08:30 PM
$55.00 – General Admission
$75.00 – Premium Ticket*
$125.00 – VIP Ticket*
$155.00 – Opera Box with FDTN Access
But like we always do, we have one pair of tix to giveaway to one lucky FSD reader today. Hit the jump for details on how to win.