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Common & Big Sean Put The Diamonds On Display (Video)

Common and Big Sean are no strangers to one another. Having previously worked together on cuts like Big Sean's "Switch Up," the rappers decide to match up again for Common's No I.D.-produced, "Diamonds." Just three days removed from Common's release of his tenth studio album, Nobody's Smiling, the Chicago artist... Read more

Common Performs Kingdom & Blak Majik on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video)

Common continues his promo run in support of his new album, Nobody's Smiling. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed "Kingdom" with Vince Staples and "Blak Majik" with Jhene Aiko. Check out both performances below. Kingdom Come Blak Majik Related: Common Goes City To City In The Nobody’s Smiling... Read more

Common Goes City To City In The Nobody’s Smiling Bonus Track (Audio)

On a concept, fully cohesive like Nobody's Smiling by Common, bonus cuts are really challenging. Like a novel missing a chapter, or deleted scenes from a film, these amendments can affect the whole message, premise, and shape of a narrative. Still fresh in the minds of the Hip-Hop masses, Common... Read more

Watch Common’s First Ever Live Performances From Nobody’s Smiling (Video)

Last night (7/21), Common held a release party at NYC's Gramercy Theatre for his new album, Nobody's Smiling. He treated an intimate but extremely hyped crowd to an energetic performance of many of the album's songs for the first time, as well as a run through many of his classics.... Read more

See The Dark Side Of Twista In Devil’s Angel (Audio)

In a day where Common debuted his tenth studio album, Nobody's Smiling, fellow Chicago artist Twista rings some bells of his own with the cut, "Devil's Angel." Twista is literally mounting the back of something sinister with his upcoming album, Dark Horse, and the track itself by delivering his quintessential... Read more

Listen To Common & No I.D. Discuss Nobody’s Smiling However You Like (Video)

After over two decades in the game, Common releases his tenth studio album, Nobody's Smiling, to the masses today. Already receiving quite a positive buzz within the community, the Chicago themed project features exclusive production from longtime friend No I.D. as well as numerous artists including Jhene Aiko, Big Sean,... Read more

Common Never Skips A Beat On Sway’s 5 Fingers of Death (Video)

Common stops by the Shade 45 Studio to kick it with Sway Calloway and his team for the third year anniversary of their top of the morning radio syndicate. In this episode, Sway gets Common's take on a few popular entertainment news stories, talks about his upcoming album, Nobody's Smiling... Read more

Ready For Common’s Nobody’s Smiling Album? Here’s the Full Stream (Audio)

After several stellar releases, Common's Nobody's Smiling album hits stores on Tuesday (7/22). The album is now available for full stream. Check out his song Blak Majik featuring Jhene Aiko below, as well as a link to the stream. Related: Common Talks Chicago Music, Culture, & The “Heat” That Inspired... Read more

Take an Eye Opening Walk Through the Neighborhood with Common (Audio)

Common's latest release from his upcoming album, Nobody's Smiling, continues his theme of shining a light on the ills of his hometown of Chicago. On "The Neighborhood," Common walks you through the blocks and the picture he paints is far from pretty. Check it out. Related: Common & Big Sean... Read more

Common Talks Chicago Music, Culture, & The “Heat” That Inspired Him & Nobody’s Smiling (Audio)

Days before the release of his 10th studio album, Nobody's Smiling, Common delivers an insightful interview with Combat Jack discussing the inspiration behind his upcoming album (2:45) and the significance of the cover (8:00), Chicago's musical "heat" (11:45), his first encounter with racism (27:30), his experiences with Rev. Jeremiah Wright... Read more

Common & Big Sean Show Off Their Diamonds (Audio)

Following the unveiling of "Speak My Piece" last week (June 30), Common's Nobody's Smiling campaign continues. Teaming with longtime collaborator and onetime G.O.O.D. Music brother (and now Def Jam brother), Big Sean, on "Diamonds," Common's perceived agenda of reaching a new, younger generation with his latest album feels successful, when... Read more

Common Explains Why Nobody’s Smiling In Chicago (Video)

Common sits down with HardKnockTV to discuss his upcoming album, Nobody's Smiling, a concept that developed from Rakim's line "I'm in the ghetto, nobody's smiling," and took on a life of its own (0:50). Common's biggest inspiration for the project derives from the increasing crime rate in the Chicago area... Read more

Common’s Speak My Piece Is A Beautiful Illustration Of His Vision On Nobody’s Smiling (Audio)

Common's sound has evolved over the last 22 years. From working with The Beatnuts to No I.D. and Dug Infinite to The Soulquarians to Kanye West to Pharrell and back... Comm's forever playing with his growth as an artist, surviving the times, and making each body of work stand apart... Read more

Nobody’s Smiling On Common’s New Album Artwork, Now Get The Tracklist

Now arriving in less than one month, July 22's Nobody's Smiling from Common visually lives up to its name. Now at Def Jam Records, the 22-year veteran of releasing penetrating Hip-Hop albums mean-mugs on an LP for the first time since his October '92 debut, Can I Borrow A Dollar?.... Read more

Common Reunites With No I.D. At Def Jam Records, Nobody’s Smiling Release Date Announced!

With Nobody's Smiling announced in the first days of 2014, Heads weren't sure of any more details. The Chicago Hip-Hop pioneer had fulfilled his deal with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music years ago, before releasing 2011's The Dreamer/The Believer at Warner Bros. Records, an imprint which has since rolled into Atlantic.... Read more

Heaven Can’t Wait For Common On Kingdom (Audio)

Soothing church house vocals give Common the keys to the "Kingdom" for his latest single. Produced by fellow Chicagoan and frequent collaborator, No I.D., the angelic piece is blessed by Common's new perspective in death as he stands in front of the pearly gates as "Chicago's prodigal son." The track's... Read more