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 piece.
After more than two decades in the game, the gifted rhymer born Lonnie Lynn has graciously delivered to the world a stunning discography of thought-provoking and life-affirming albums, ranging in style and sound from 2000’s politically-charged Like Water For Chocolate to 2005’s career-defining Be to 2008’s dance-inspired Universal Mind Control.
Com’s latest effort, Nobody’s Smiling, arrived last week, and marks a return to form for the multi-talented artist, who’s delved deeply into his acting career in recent years. But by the sounds of his tenth studio effort, he’s as poignant and polished as ever, teaming up with longtime producer No I.D. and newcomers Jhene Aiko, Lil Herb, and Vince Staples for a reeling ten-track LP that explores the trials and misconceptions surrounding his hometown of Chicago.
The album’s most recent single, “Speak My Piece,” finds Com flipping a sample from The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” into a boom-bap banger that’s as much a classic-sounding throwback as it is a current exploration of grown-man bravado.
Here, the Chi-Town legend delivers an a cappella rendition of the tune, reminding us why he’s still one of the greats, still unafraid to speak his piece.
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