Filmed by HooliYNO.
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.
The rollout continues for Common’s Nobody’s Smiling album cover. And I must say, it’s been a while since a cover — not an album, a cover — has received such a rollout. Today, Com unleashed the behind-the-scenes video of the cover and his thought process behind it. A few days ago, the cover art featuring Count and King Louie hit the net, and as of today the Dreezy, Lil Herb, KD Young Cocky and Lil Johnny covers also impacted. Watch the video above, and check the other covers below.
The album drops July 22nd. PS, what’s that joint at the end of the video?
The promo trail continues for Com’s new album, Nobody’s Smiling, as today his camp unleashes the ‘making of’ video for his new single “Kingdom.” Com talks about hearing the sample via No ID (who produced the track), and then taking the beat back to Chicago to record at the famed Hinge Studios. Common also recruited a local choir to sing on the powerful track, and he opens up about why he chose to feature Vince Staples.
Speaking of “Kingdom” have you seen the video? The cinematography is super dope, and it’s classic Hype Williams. Great shots, vivid colors — the whole nine. I’m just trying to figure out the plot exactly? Is star of the video a girl? It looks like it, but does she use the restroom standing up? That’s the only clue it’s a dude. I don’t know, see for yourself.
Chicago is….. “Dangerous! I’ve lost 11 of my homies in the last 3 weeks” (c) @da_g2420 #nobodyssmiling
Last month we reported on Common’s plans for the cover art for his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling, which is due out July 22nd. Com decided to put together something extra special and meaningful for the cover, so he recruited a handful of the Chi’s top street rappers to join him. Artists like G Count, King Louie, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby, KD Young Cocky and Dreezy were all on hand to lend their support to Common’s Def Jam/Artium release.
Today, Common began teasing these covers, and now we get a better idea of what exactly they are. It appears they are album teasers and advertisements, featuring the profiles of the various rappers that also includes some choice quotes from the artists.
You can check out the G Count’s cover above and Louie’s below. I’ve also included the verbiage Common added alongside the photos. I can’t front, I’m digging the marketing on this one. Finally something different — that actually means something.
Directed by Hype Williams. Produced by No I.D.
Kingdom come. And it comes today in the form of this sleek new video from Com Sense with assistance from Vince Staples.
Common’s Def Jam debut, and 10th solo album, Nobody Smiling, will be available on July 22nd — executive produced by No I.D.
Com Sense has a new home.
Fresh off the release of his new single “Kingdom,” Common has announced that he’ll be joining No I.D.’s Artium Recordings/Def Jam Recordings. No I.D., the EVP/co-head of A&R for Def Jam, had this to say:
“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D. “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family. It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.”
Common also commented on his move to Artium/Def Jam. Read what he had to say below.
Produced by No ID
The triumphant new single from Common Sense is here. Vince Staples on the feature. No ID on the beat. Deep, introspective stuff right here. Check it out below, and stay tuned for the Hype Williams-directed video sooner or later.
Nobody Smiling coming soon.