Common

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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May
25
Kimye Wedding Photo Booth: Big Sean, Tyga, Common, John Legend, & Jaden Smith

Common, Kanye, Big Sean, Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian became Mrs. West during the couple’s fairytale wedding at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere on Saturday. The bride wore a Givenchy lace gown and a long silk veil, while the groom looked dapper in a Givenchy tuxedo.

During the reception, John Legend serenaded the newlyweds with “All of Me” and “Ordinary People,” and Kanye delivered a passionate 20-minute speech. According to E! Online, he called the Kardashian family an “industry” and “the most remarkable people of our time” who can “make the world a better place.”

He gushed about his new bride, whom he described as the “ideal celebrity” and the “ideal art,” and looked forward to spending “every day of my life with Kim.”

While there were no E! cameras or cell phones allowed inside the wedding, the Wests set up a photo booth to document their special day. Friends and family took black-and-white snapshots and posted them online.

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen locked lips, Big Sean stuck out his tongue for a group photo, and Tyga and his girlfriend Blac Chyna posed with Kimye. Jaden Smith, dressed as “white Batman,” photo bombed Kourtney Kardashian and Joe Francis.

Beyoncé and Jay Z did not make the trip to Florence, but Bey wished the couple on Instagram. “Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family,” she said.

Check out more candid pics from Kimye’s big day below.

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Mar
31
New Music: Wale f/ Rick Ross & Common – ‘Sunshine (Remix)’

Sunshine (Remix)

Wale comes through with the remix to “Sunshine” featuring Rick Ross and Common. The MMG boss raps about brighter days and ObamaCare, while the Chicago MC drops an optimistic verse over the bouncy track off last year’s The Gifted. Shine on.

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