Common 2014

Common Signs to Def Jam, Sets ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ for July 22 Release Date

Common 2014


Not only are Common and No I.D. reconnecting for his 10th studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, the Grammy Award-winning rapper has also inked a new deal with No I.D.’s Artium Records/Def Jam Recordings.

No I.D., who serves as EVP/Co-Head of A&R at Def Jam, will executive produce the forthcoming set, which will be released on July 22nd (obviously a birthday gift to me).

The two collaborating on Nobody’s Smiling commemorates the 20th anniversary of their work together on Common’s acclaimed 1994 album, Resurrection.

“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D. “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family. It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.”

Nobody’s Smiling is Common’s first new album since 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer, which debuted at #18 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Last year, Common revealed that the album is heavily inspired by the violence rippling through his hometown, Chicago.

“We came up with this concept ‘Nobody’s Smiling.’ It was really a thought that came about because of all the violence in Chicago,” he said. “It happens in Chicago, but it’s happening around the world in many ways.” He continued, “We was talking about the conditions of what’s happening, when I say ‘nobody’s smiling.’ But it’s really a call to action.”

The album’s lead single, Kingdom,” featuring Vince Staples, premiered online on May 30th. The track will soon receive visual treatment by director Hype Williams.

We can also expect an appearance from singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy. Enjoy the video trailer and full audio for “Kingdom” below.