Two-time Grammy Award®-winning Chicago rapper/actor Common releases his 10th studio album entitled Nobody’s Smiling, to address the violence that is happening in his hometown of Chicago.

Nobody’s Smiling marks a creative reunion between Common and his long-time friend and collaborator No I.D., EVP / Co-Head of A&R, Def Jam Recordings, who came of age in the ’90s as producer of Common’s first three albums (on then-indie Relativity).  The 2014 release of Nobody’s Smiling, executive produced by No I.D., commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s 1994 breakthrough album Resurrection, with his signature tracks, “Resurrection” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.”  Nobody’s Smiling is Common’s first new album since 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer.

“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D.  “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family.  It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.”

As noted on his website (, Common states,  “I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family.  Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.” 

The album includes: “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples, “Speak My Piece,” “Diamonds” featuring Big Sean, & “Blak Majik” featuring Jhene Aiko.

Check out the interactive track-by-track breakdown here

Nobody’s Smiling out now on iTunes



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