On July 22nd, Common returns with his 10th studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, which will hit stores through a new partnership with Def Jam. The album marks a reunion with Common’s longtime producer No I.D., and together the pair have crafted a concept album inspired by violence in Chicago.
Already we’ve heard the Vince Staples-assisted single “Kingdom”, and today, Common unveils “Speak My Piece”. Backed by primal percussion and a brief sample Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”, Common proudly displays his hometown pride, spitting, “I lay it for the for world, for Chicago I stand”. While much of the record is meant to deride inner-cty violence, “Speak My Piece” shows Common still believes in the hope of renewal and for civic pride.
Listen in below.
Nobody’s Smiling Tracklist:
01. The Neighborhood (feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s)
02. No Fear
03. Diamonds (feat. Big Sean)
04. Blak Majik (feat. Jhené Aiko)
05. Speak My Piece
06. Hustle Harder (feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy)
07. Nobody’s Smiling
08. Real (feat. Elijah Blake)
09. Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)
10. Rewind That