By now you may have seen a series of promo shots for common’s forthcoming lp, nobody’s smiling today however, he unveils the album’s final artwork in the clip above, com explains the concept behind it and how chicago’s ongoing violence helped inspire it. Grammy award winner and actor common – real name lonnie rashid lynn, jr – is back with new material after a 3-year hiatus, the rap veteran released his tenth studio album nobody’s smiling a few days ago on producer no id’s artium records and def jam recordings the project was inspired by the recent violence. If the drill scene is the scapegoat for america’s sensationalism of violence, “nobody’s smiling” uses the genre’s trademarks and twists them into something disconcerting and provocative.
Nobody's smiling is the tenth studio album by american hip hop recording artist common it was released on july 22, 2014, by def jam recordings and no id's label artium records following the release of his 2011's album the dreamer/the believer, common took a hiatus from musical endeavors. If you couldn’t tell by the influx of new common tracks gracing our pages over the last 24 hours, common’s nobody’s smiling album has found its way onto the internet in its entirety before. Nobody's smiling | common to stream in hi-fi, or to download in true cd quality on qobuzcom.
Common has made it clear since he announced the album title that this is about upbringing chicago and bringing more light to the high crime rate we all know chiraq is a war zone, but common felt that he needed to make this album for the people, to give them hope, and he actually included a number of upcoming chi-town natives ( lil herb. Explicit version 2014 release, the 10th studio album from the hip hop star this concept-driven project is executive produced by no id - who came of age in the '90s as producer of common's first three albums. Common gave lucky chicagoans a preview of his upcoming album “nobody’s smiling” during a listening session in his hometown common linked with rhymefest to make the event possible common was honored to have the opportunity to preview the project to fellow chicagoans. Deluxe edition including three bonus tracks 2014 release, the 10th studio album from the hip hop star this concept-driven project is executive produced by no id - who came of age in the '90s as producer of common's first three albums.
In nobody’s smiling’s opening track, a curtis mayfield sample from his 1970 song “other side of town” sets the scene by painting a picture of life growing up in a ghetto chicago neighborhood. Common's latest, nobody's smiling, centers on the war-torn streets of south side, chicago that common left nearly two decades ago, a setting the 42-year-old rapper navigates like a hardened local. Nobody’s smiling– executive-produced by no id– will reportedy address the ongoing violence in their city of chicago, illinois see what common had to say about the album: see what common. The album serves as a tribute to the issues and lifestyle of chicagocommon weaves raps about stony island, the city’s perpetual struggle with gang-violence, familiar narratives for those native to the windy city.
Nobody's smiling is the tenth studio album by american hip hop recording artist common it was released on july 22, 2014, by def jam recordings and no id 's label artium records  following the release of his 2011's album the dreamer/the believer , common took a hiatus from musical endeavors. A chi state of mind – common delivers an in-depth look at the current violent state of his home city with “nobody’s smiling” as cliche’ as it sounds,you’d have to be living under a rock not to be aware of the raging violence among the youth in the city of chicago. When common began to work on his 10th studio album, nobody's smiling, he started with thoughts of 1980s hip-hop pioneers eric b & rakim and their classic single the ghetto, where rakim rap's.
Nobody’s smiling is the tenth studio album from veteran hip-hop artist common, best known for achieving mainstream success with neo-soul outfit the soulquarians the album features rugged production by long-time collaborator no id. The tenth studio album from grammy award-winning rapper common attempts to grapple with gang violence and social misery in his hometown of chicago. After being a huge fan of common’s last 2 albums be and dreamer/believer i was excited to hear about nobody’s smilingearly reports indicated the album would be produced entirely by no id and would focus on the the current situation (ie violence and hopelessness) in chicago i was expecting a dark, soulful, aggressive album with some glimmers of hope. Nobody's smiling is the tenth studio album by american hip-hop recording artist, common the record has been lauded as his most personal in a long time.
I love common i feel he has multiple classic albums under his belt and he is just a great rapper who makes you think this album though, has some great tracks like the neighborhood, no fear, nobody's smiling, kingdom, and rewind that. While nobody's smiling was inspired by the tragic condition of common's hometown of chicago, its incorporation of a relevant-as-ever song from 1970, recorded by a chicagoan in chicago, is an acknowledgment of how inner-city struggles are a constant, not a trend. With common's hometown of chicago reeling from rampant gun violence, his 10th studio album, nobody's smiling, is a meditation on that crisis produced by longtime collaborator no id, the album features big names like big sean and jhene aiko alongside chicago fixtures such as lil herb and dreezy. With his new album ‘nobody’s smiling’ freshly released, common stopped by hot 97 and chopped it up with the breakfast crew about the new project, movies, working with j dilla, chicago’s current gang violence, drake, serena williams & more.