Common takes it back to the Chi with “Kingdom,” the first single off his upcoming 10th album Nobody’s Smiling. The song features XXL Freshman Vince Staples, while the Hype Williams-directed video was shot in his hometown.
Executive produced by No I.D., the follow-up to 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer is set to arrive later this year on the 20th anniversary of Common and No I.D.’s 1994 album Resurrection.
The concept-driven project was inspired by the tragedies in Chicago. “We came up with this concept Nobody Smiling [and it] was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago,” Common told REVOLT.
The full song will premiere Friday. Watch the 60-second trailer below.