The Scoop: Common will be dropping his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling, on July 22. This album will be entirely produced by legendary hip-hop producer, No I.D. The Chicago legend also revealed multiple album covers and the concept behind the artwork. The first single is titled “Kingdom” featuring Long Beach, California rapper Vince Staples and is produced by No I.D.
The Spin: The Nobody’s Smiling album art displays the faces of fellow Chicago rappers such as Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, King Louie, Deezy and much more. Common explained at a seminar conducted by the University of Florida on February 13, 2014, that the album will address the violence and the high crime-rate that seems to be flooding the media and plaguing his hometown dubbed “Chi-Raq”. So it makes sense that Com would have the art reflect the music concept since most of the violence is done by the youth. A lot of the Chi-town artists in the artwork vividly depict the harsh realities in their music and most would say it only glorifies its gruesomeness. It’ll be interesting to see what a lyrically conscious and peace-driven veteran like Common has to say about the dilemma that’s surrounding his own city.
The video promo explaining the album art and the covers can be seen below:
The first music video and single off Nobody’s Smiling titled “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples can be viewed here:
You can pre-order both the deluxe and standard version of Common’s new album here.
The Question: Are you looking forward to Nobody’s Smiling? What do you think about the album art? Will Common make a change in Chicago? What do you think about the Chi-raq rap scene? Let us know in the comments below!