Common

Jul
3
Rap-Up TV: Common Makes ‘Majik’ with Jhené Aiko, Talks Kanye’s ‘Royal’ Wedding

Twenty years after the release of his critically-acclaimed album Resurrection, Common reunites with No I.D. on Nobody’s Smiling. During his trip to L.A. this week, the hip-hop veteran sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his 10th album, which arrives July 22 via Def Jam.

The concept-driven project, inspired by the violence in Chicago, includes appearances from Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples, and Jhené Aiko, who is featured on the No I.D.-produced “Blak Majik.”

“Jhené Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” said Common. “I think she has a unique voice in music, in culture. When I say unique voice, not only is it her singing voice, but her perspective, who she is, what she offers to the world is something that’s very, very special. It’s a soul to it. It’s a spirit to it.”

“I wanted to team up with her and do a song that was fresh. I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing,” he explained. “It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough. It’s something special about that song too.”

He also worked with his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean on “Diamonds,” for which a video was recently shot in L.A. “‘Diamonds’ for me, talks about shining. You got shine no matter what. No matter what situation you gotta get to shining. I’m talking about shining for today, not waiting for tomorrow. You just gotta embody it now.”

While he didn’t work with Kanye West on this album, he did attend his fairytale wedding. “That was a very special wedding in the way that it was fun,” he said. “I had been to Italy, but never to Florence. It felt very family-oriented, very simple but beautiful, and it felt like they cared about the guests. The way we were treated, it was royal. Everything was simple and beautiful and we had the best time.”

Jun
30
New Music: Common – ‘Speak My Piece’

Speak My Piece

Common talks sense on his latest song “Speak My Piece,” which samples a line from the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.”

Over the tinkering beat, the Chi-town MC shouts out his “pride and joy” (his daughter Omoye), Kanye (“My ni**a from back in the day”), and his city (“Lay it down for the world / For Chicago I stand”).

His album Nobody’s Smiling is due July 22 featuring appearances from Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Lil Herb, Vince Staples, and more.

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Jun
28
Tracklisting: Common – ‘Nobody’s Smiling’

Nobody's Smiling

Twenty years after the release of Resurrection, Common reteams with executive producer No I.D. on his concept-driven album Nobody’s Smiling.

Inspired by his hometown of Chicago, the follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer features 13 tracks, with appearances from Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples, and more.

Common called upon some of Chicago’s newest MCs including Lil Herb, Dreezy, and King Louie for the cover art as well as the music.

Nobody’s Smiling arrives July 22. See the tracklisting below.

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Jun
25
Common Recruits Lil Herb, King Louie for ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Cover Art

Nobody's Smiling

Common is putting on for his city with the artwork for his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling. The Chicago rapper spotlights some of Chi-town’s rising rap stars including Lil Herb, King Louie, Dreezy, and Lil Bibby on the multiple covers. Common himself appears on one cover, posing against a black background.

“It means a lot to me,” Dreezy said of her inclusion. “Common was and still is a legend and it just makes me feel like I’m the new face of hip-hop.”

Executive produced by No I.D., Nobody’s Smiling arrives July 22 featuring the Vince Staples-assisted single “Kingdom.”

The concept-driven project was inspired by the tragedies in Chicago. “We came up with this concept Nobody’s Smiling [and it] was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago,” said Common of the follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer.

Go behind the scenes of the cover shoot below.

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Jun
18
Video: Common f/ Vince Staples – ‘Kingdom’

Kingdom

Common puts on for his city in the dark and gritty video for “Kingdom” featuring XXL Freshman Vince Staples. The nearly eight-minute film, directed by Hype Williams, documents life on the streets of Chicago.

Executive produced by No I.D., Common’s 10th album Nobody’s Smiling is set to arrive on July 22.

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,” said Common of the follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer.

Watch Common’s call-to-action below.

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May
30
New Music: Common f/ Vince Staples – ‘Kingdom’

Kingdom

Chi-town stand up. A day after dropping the video trailer, Common spreads the gospel of the streets on “Kingdom,” the first single off his upcoming album Nobody’s Smiling. The Chicago MC addresses the violence in his hometown on the rousing song, which features a verse from Vince Staples and a church choir.

“Shots ripping through his True Religion denim / These streets was my religion,” he raps.

The follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer, executive produced by No I.D., is set to arrive later this year, while the Hype Williams-directed video for the song will debut next month.

Unlock the keys to Common’s “Kingdom” below.

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May
29
Common Returns with New Single ‘Kingdom’

Common

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.

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