New Music: Common f/ Vince Staples – ‘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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Common Returns with New Single ‘Kingdom’


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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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.

BeyoncĂ© 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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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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New Music: Common – ‘The Ladder’


Common climbs “The Ladder” of chaos on his contribution to Catch the Throne, HBO’s Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape. The hip-hop and reggaeton compilation includes 10 tracks, with appearances from Wale, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Magazeen, and Snow tha Product.

“I think about it when I’m in my zone, my life is like a game of thrones,” spits the Chicago MC.

He has been hard at work on his concept-driven album Nobody Smiling, which will be executive produced by No I.D.

Listen to Common’s cut below and stream the full mixtape on SoundCloud.

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New Music: Common f/ Ab-Soul – ‘Made in Black America’

Made in Black America

Common puts some sense back in hip-hop with “Made in Black America,” his conscious collaboration with TDE’s Ab-Soul.

“I’m more than a hot song or a hot album / Ask my ex, I still live on like Malcolm,” raps the Chicago lyricist over the No I.D. production.

“This music is really inspiring me!” tweeted Common. “It was a pleasure watching @abdashsoul keep HipHop Alive!”

Just last month, Common dropped his call-to-action record “War” and is gearing up to release his 10th studio album Nobody Smiling, which will be executive produced by No I.D.

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New Music: Common – ‘War’


Just hours after announcing his new album Nobody Smiling, Common heads to the front lines on his new song “War.” The Chicago lyricist paints a picture of the violence in his hometown on the No I.D. production.

“To all the killas and the hundred dolla billas/ Real hittas who ain’t got no feelings,” raps Common over the marching beat.

He hopes that his “call-to-action” album, produced by No I.D., will bring about change.

Listen to his powerful words below.

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