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Two-time Grammy Award®-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No ID’s Artium /Def Jam Recordings.  “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples out now, Common’s lead track from his upcoming tenth studio album NOBODY’S SMILING, set for July 22nd release.

NOBODY’S SMILING marks a creative reunion between Common and his long-time friend and collaborator No I.D., EVP / Co-Head of A&R, Def Jam Recordings, who came of age in the ’90s as producer of Common’s first three albums (on then-indie Relativity).  The 2014 release of NOBODY’S SMILING, executive produced by No I.D., commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s breakthrough album Resurrection (1994), with his signature tracks, “Resurrection” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.”  NOBODY’S SMILING is Common’s first new album since 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer.

“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.”

Since his motion picture debut in 2006 (Smokin’ Aces), Common has carved out an impressive career in more than a dozen films, including such major box office successes as American Gangster (2007), Street Kings (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Date Night (2010), and more.  Common is also the lead co-star on AMC’s post-Civil War western action series Hell On Wheels, returning for a fourth season this summer 2014.

As noted on his website (http://ThinkCommon.com), the album title NOBODY’S SMILING was inspired by Common’s troubled hometown of Chicago, “I’m honored to team up with No ID and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family. ‎ Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No ID was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.”

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Nobody's Smiling

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"Diamonds" Ft. Big Sean

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"Kingdom" Ft. Vince Staples

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Common Addresses Race in Hip Hop, talks Jay Electronica, Chance, Kendrick, Gives Advice

Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with www.GRAMMY.com sits down with Common for an in-depth interview. In part 2 Common talks to Nick about which traits from fellow MCs he would chose to build the ultimate MC. We are not going to give away of all the traits and which MCs but…

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The Boombox: Common "16 Bars" Freestyle + Interview

Check out Common on The Boombox’s “16 Bars” series as he goes off the head with a freestyle above and talks about his new album “Nobody’s Smiling”, his craft, Kanye West and more in the interview portion below. Common on staying lyrically fit: Update: Bonus Freestyle Footage

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VEVO A.K.A. - Common

Check out VEVO’s new series “A.K.A.” featuring Common where he breaks down how he got his rap name “Common” exactly. Common ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ Album Available Everywhere Now!

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Common Talks J Dilla, No ID, Kanye West with HardknockTV

Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with www.GRAMMY.com sits down with Common for in-depth interview. In part 1 Common talks to Nick Huff Barili about working with some of Hip Hop’s greatest producers J Dilla, Kanye West and No I.D. Not only does Common share some of their similarities and differences, but…

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Common Announces European Tour Dates

Common has announced that he will be performing in Europe in the month of November. Check out the dates and venues above. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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Common Explains The Business Of 'Conscious Rap'

Common sits down with Forbes magazine to raise awareness about how social issues can sometimes be a lucrative activity. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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Common Performs with special guest at AAHH Fest in Chicago

Common hit the stage at AAHH Fest in Chicago this weekend and brought along some very special guests with him. Check out footage above of Common performing “Kingdom” with Vince Staples and being joined by Jay Electronica for the remix. Check out more clips below featuring Kanye West’s surprise appearance, performing “Jesus Walks”, “Get Em…

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Listen To "Rewind That" Off Common's Album, "Nobody's Smiling"

Take a listen to Common’s track, “Rewind That” off his latest album, Nobody’s Smiling available everywhere now!  

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Common Freestyle At Fat Beats In 1997

DJ Eclipse has released some more footage from back in the day at Fat Beats. This time, he’s got some footage of Common in 1997 spitting a freestyle over DJ Premier’s “You Know My Steez” a few days before the release of his third album, One Day It’ll All Make Sense. Check out the footage above….

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Devi Dev Interviews Common

Last week, Common was in Houston and made a stop by 93.7 The Beat to chop it up with Devi Dev! They spoke on a bunch of topics including working with Big Sean for his latest album, his top 5 Dilla Beats, why Ice Cube is one of the best rappers of all time and…

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1-2-1 With Jeff Staple Featuring Common

Common is continuing to push his brand new album, Nobody’s Smiling and last week he made a stop by The Staple Showroom in NYC to chop it up with Jeff Staple for series, “1-2-1″. Up top you can check out their conversation.  In a prime example of life coming full circle, Common stopped by the…

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Common "Speak My Piece" Acapella

As you know, Common’s album, Nobody’s Smiling hit the shelves last Tuesday and while on his press run, he stopped by Revolt and spit an acapella verse from his track, “Speak My Piece” which you can check out above. As any fan of the veteran MC knows, Common has never been afraid to speak his…

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Common - "Diamonds" Ft. Big Sean

Common gave us the teaser last week but to start the weekend off right, we get the full version of his new music video, “Diamonds” featuring Big Sean. Check out the directed video above. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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The Boombox Interviews Common

Common is continuing his press run and sat down with The Boombox this past week. During their conversation, he speaks on the story behind his track, “Rewind That”, his relationship with No ID, working with J Dilla and much more. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx    

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Common Interview on MTV RapFix

Common is still making his rounds and recently made a stop by MTV RapFix to chop it up with Sway. They speak on how Rakim inspired him for the new album, working with young chicago artists and much more. Watch the interview above. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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Common Performs On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last night, Common was the special guest performer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Up top, you can check him out performing “Blak Majik” for the first time live with Jhene Aiko and down below, watch him perform “Kingdom” with some help from Vince Stapes! Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx  

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Common's "Nobody's Smiling" Google+ Hangout

Yesterday, Common joined XXL for a Google+ Hangout. During his converstaion, he spoke on the new album, working with NO ID and answered some questions from the fans. In case you missed it, watch the full video above. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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Common Performs At Gramercy Theater In NYC

Before the release of his album today, Common headed to Gramercy Theater in NYC last night to perform a free show in celebration of his brand new album. Up top you can check him out performing “Kingdom” and below, “I Use To Love Her”. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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Common On The Breakfast Club

This morning, Common returned to The Breakfast Club on Power 105. During his conversation, he spoke on the violence in Chicago, his new album, working with No I.D., working on tracks with Chicago rappers, signing with Def Jam and much more. Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx    

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Common's New Album, "Nobody's Smiling" Available On iTunes & Amazon Now!

It’s finally here! Common’s new album, Nobody’s Smiling is available on iTunes & Amazon! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Amazon: http://geni.us/aNobodysSmilingDlx

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Common On Sway In The Morning

Common was making his rounds last week in NYC and made a stop by Sway In The Morning. During his visit, he spoke on a few things including, the new album, issues with Drake, working with young artists like Vince Stapes as well and participating in DJ Wonder’s “5 Fingers Of Death” at the 20…

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Artium, Def Jam Recordings, & Beats Music Presents: A Conversation With Common & No ID – 'Nobody's Smiling' Album Track By Track Interview

Check out the “Nobody’s Smiling” interactive album track by track interview with Common & NO ID.  Within the menu, click on the track titles or sub-topics to get an in-depth explanation of the making of the album. Listen To Common’s New Album, “Nobody’s Smiling” Now On Beats Music here. Common “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere July…

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Common - "Diamonds (Teaser)" Ft. Big Sean

Check out the teaser trailer to Common’s upcoming music video, “Diamonds” featuring Big Sean! Common “Nobody’s Smiling” Available Everywhere July 22nd!  Deluxe: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmilingDlx Standard: http://smarturl.it/iNobodysSmiling

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Common At Essence Music Festival 2014

“NOLA is one of my favorite places to visit.  Add that plus the Essence Music Festival and then you get a GREAT time. It was a pleasure to be able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the EMF. I’ve always appreciate what they represent for black women.   And to be totally honest, it was…

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