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.”