Almost 20 years ago, Common (then Common Sense) released Resurrection, the classic sophomore album that he recorded with the great Chicago producer No I.D. Right now, Common is again linking up with No I.D. to make a new LP called Nobody Smiling, a concept album about the violence and hopelessness in the worst neighborhoods of Common’s Chicago hometown. “War,” the first single, digs deep into Chicago’s recent “Chiraq” nickname, meditating on the idea that the kids getting killed on the street have something in common with child soldiers in other parts of the world. Download the track below.
We don’t yet know when Nobody Smiling is out, but Common talked to Revolt TV about it.