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Here’s a quick teaser of the new Common and Big Sean video for “Diamonds.” Yeah, we usually don’t do previews, but it’s Common so we make exceptions. Watch ‘em shine bright like a diamond in the quick visual above.
Nobody’s Smiling next Tuesday.
Produced by No I.D.
One of the more anticipated tracks from Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, arrives a little early. ‘The Neighborhood” finds Com lyrically painting a picture of coming up in the city alongside Lil Herb who does the same. Yes, this joint is just as dope as you’d imagine it to be.
Common and Lil Herb over a Curtis Mayfield-sampled beat from No I.D.? Doesn’t get more Chicago than that. Listen below and be sure grab a copy of Nobody’s Smiling when it arrives in stores and digital retailers July 22nd.
I’ve said it a few times now, so I won’t beat a dead horse, but I absolutely love the marketing rollout for Common’s new album, Nobody’s Smiling. I think the multiple covers idea has been genius, and it’s great seeing Herb, Louie, Dreezy, Bibby, etc’s face plastered all over the city on the alternate covers. Very unique promo.
Well, now Def Jam has made it even more unique with a new site which allows you to make your own personalized cover of Nobody’s Smiling. If you were really ambitious, you’d make your own cover, print out posters and hang them around the city. Do it now. No seriously, go make your cover now.
Get ready for Combat — and Common. Common recently stopped by The Combat Jack show to chop it up about everything from Chicago’s music scene to Erykah Badu. File this interview under ‘necessary listening’.
90 minutes wasn’t enough time. On the eve of releasing his tenth album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’, Common revisits his days growing up in Chicago, being inspired by Michael Jordan, house music, Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how this album addresses the current plight of black on black crime in the windy city. Also, what it means to reunite with No I.D., being haunted by the ghost of Emmett Til and the very real and deep mystical powers of the phenomena known as “Badu Box”. So much wasn’t covered, 90 minutes wasn’t enough, but you won’t hear this type of Common interview anywhere else on the planet.
Listen to Com’s sit down with Combat Jack below and remember that Com’s Nobody’s Smiling LP drops July 22nd.
Produced by No I.D.
Big Sean joins Common on the latest drop from his forthcoming Nobody’s Smiling LP, titled “Diamonds”. This track is available when you pre-order Com’s album on iTunes, but you can stream it below thanks to Nav.
Nobody’s Smiling hits stores and digital retailers July 22nd.
I must admit that the Drake/Common beef was one of my favorites of the past few years. The Canada Dry line is still stings, IMO. But that beef has been buried since early 2012, and is now water under the Michigan Avenue bridge. Interestingly enough, in a recent interview with VladTV, Common spoke on the beef, and says it stemmed from his break up with Serena Williams. Gotta love Com for keeping it 1000 in the interview. Either way, it was an entertaining war of words. But alls well that ends well.
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On Tuesday night (7/1), Complex Magazine and Miller Fortune hosted the listening party for Common’s 10th studio album (wow), Nobody’s Smiling at Untitled in downtown Chicago. Com spoke with Rhymefest (the evening’s host) about his creative process for each track while reaffirming the album’s mission of putting Chicago — its wonder and its problems — in the spotlight.
Common preaches positivity and love for Chicago on the album, while displaying the versatility of our local, rising artists like Dreezy and Lil Herb. It’s always hard to get a real feel for each song in a crowded room with people small-talking, but some of the standouts were the “Intro” with Lil Herb, “Speak My Piece,” “Nobody’s Smiling” and a joint I can’t recall that had a tropical vibe. We can say wholeheartedly that No I.D. snapped with the production — can’t wait to give it a real listen.
Check out the official recap video above. You can also view the track list right here.
Also, make sure to preorder the album here or grab it on the official release date, July 22nd.
“Do it for the hometown and the homies”
Produced by No I.D.
“Speak My Piece” is the newest offering from Com’s forthcoming Def Jam debut, Nobody’s Smiling. The single is currently available on iTunes, but you can also stream it below. This is too dope.
Nobody’s Smiling hit stores and digital retailers July 22nd and is available for pre-order now.
Nobody’s Smiling. Word to Rakim. On July 22nd, Common is set to release his highly anticipated Def Jam/Artium debut. The rollout has been a-one thus far, from the “Kingdom” video to the album covers, and from the looks of the track list it’s going to be a big set. As we mentioned a while back, Herb handles the intro, and Dreezy, Big Sean, Cocaine 80s, Jhene Aiko, Elijah Blake and Vince Staples all show up to participate. No ID is on hand to produce the entire endeavor.
Check out the official track list below. Pre order here.
We’ve seen promo covers for Common’s new album featuring G Count, King Louie, Lil Herb, KD Young Cocky and more, but now we finally get a look at the LP’s official artwork featuring Com himself. The cover you see above will serve as the artwork for the standard version of Nobody’s Smiling, while the artwork below will accompany the the deluxe version of the album.
The roll out for these have been pretty dope and we definitely can’t wait to hear Nobody’s Smiling, which is due in stores July 22nd.