Common’s Nobody Smiling Shows Its Teeth With An Ab-Soul Feature On A No I.D. Jam (Audio)

Fresh off of Rick Ross’ Mastermind listening session and album preview, 2014’s album landscape is looking quite fertile. Coming up soon is Common’s Nobody Smiling, a Chicago-themed conversation piece about the youth violence epidemic. Late today, the L.A. Leakers dropped the digital needle on “Made In Black America.”

The song, produced by Comm’s partner No I.D., features Black Hippy’s Ab-Soul. Given the penchant for wordplay, lyricism, and smooth choruses, the Soulo and Comm Sense connect is a fit.

In the song, Comm bemoans some of the fickle conversations spectators have about music these days, while pushing for more recognition of Rap’s roots of racial discussions.


Common’s come back to his core more than a few times in his 22-year run. Do you think Nobody Smiling could be his ultimate statement album?

Related: Common’s New Album Will Be a Call to Action to Stop the Violence in Chicago (Video)