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Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling" Jul 25, 2014 at 02:06pm
A mostly levelheaded veteran who’s open about his distant relationship with Chicago, Common is the only 30-plus rapper who could’ve made a Nobody’s Smiling. And this goes beyond the conscious label or being a representative of “real hip-hop.” Common’s best works have been guided by a sense of empathy whether it’s through his famous personification of hip-hop or within J Dilla’s production utopia.
Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music
Common Is No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music Jul 25, 2014 at 09:26am
Common's new album Nobody's Smiling was a joint effort with producer No I.D., but it seems their relationship has gone even further than that, and in the process, G.O.O.D. Music was sidetracked. Common revealed to MTV News that he's no longer officially on the G.O.O.D. Music label when it comes to business, rather, he's signed to No I.D.'s Artium imprint on Def Jam.
Samples Of the Week: July 24
Samples Of the Week: July 24 Jul 24, 2014 at 10:11am
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". 
Common Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role
Common Thinks Black Captain America Is A "Wonderful Thing," Would Still Consider Green Lantern Role Jul 21, 2014 at 01:27am
Marvel recently announced that they're going to be switching some things up for their upcoming series of "Avengers" comics. On top of replacing Thor with a female counterpart, the industry giant also announced that Falcon--formerly Captain America's partner--will be taking over his boss' role in the upcoming series, making character Sam Wilson the first black Captain America since 2003's Isaiah Bradley. The internet quickly took sides; some fans felt the change was a gimmick while others embraced the newfound diversity.
Can Hip-Hop Stop The Violence In Chicago?
Can Hip-Hop Stop The Violence In Chicago? Jul 16, 2014 at 12:56pm
Back in 2011 Kanye West rapped the chilling statistic "314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago," in his verse from "Murder to Excellence" from the Watch The Throne album, and yet three years later 80 people were shot over July 4th weekend in the city that's come to be known as "Chiraq." Common even makes reference to the hopeless mentality of his hometown with his forthcoming album title, Nobody's Smiling.
Top Tracks Of The Week: July 7-13
Top Tracks Of The Week: July 7-13 Jul 15, 2014 at 02:53pm
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Common Disagrees With Lord Jamar's Comments About White Rappers
Common Disagrees With Lord Jamar's Comments About White Rappers Jul 10, 2014 at 03:49am
While speaking with Vlad TV about the upcoming season of AMC's "Hell On Wheels," Common took a moment to address issues of race in hip-hop culture, going as far to directly address Jamar's comments that white rappers are "guests" in the genre.
50 Cent Says He And Common Have "BIG THINGS TO COME"
50 Cent Says He And Common Have "BIG THINGS TO COME" Jul 7, 2014 at 01:33pm
50 Cent and Common aren't exactly two rappers whom you'd expect to collaborate, as Fif once had a much-publicized feud with Common's longtime pal Kanye West, and the subject matter that they rap about couldn't be more different. Though we don't yet know what their work together will entail, we do know that the pair have, in Fiddy's words, "BIG THINGS TO COME." Yesterday the G-Unit rapper posted an Instagram photo of him and Common and captioned it "Ran into COMMON we on the move BIG THINGS TO COME. #SMSAUDIO." Check it out below.
Samples Of The Week: July 3rd
Samples Of The Week: July 3rd Jul 3, 2014 at 10:34am
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". 
Common Shares Artwork For "Nobody's Smiling" Featuring G Count And King Louie [Update: Official Standard/Deluxe Covers Released]
Common Shares Artwork For "Nobody's Smiling" Featuring G Count And King Louie [Update: Official Standard/Deluxe Covers Released] Jun 25, 2014 at 12:49pm
With his new album Nobody's Smiling, Common has already made his mission clear: the violence tearing apart Chicago's youth must be addressed. But, in a very cool move, Common doesn't seem to be condemning any of the city's younger rappers, many of whom are associated with the drill scene -- quite the opposite in fact. Multiple versions of his new album's artwork will feature rappers like G Count, King Louie, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby, KD Young Cocky and Dreezy on the cover.
Common Signs To Def Jam, Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Release Date
Common Signs To Def Jam, Announces "Nobody's Smiling" Release Date Jun 4, 2014 at 09:44am
Common has been working on a new album, Nobody's Smiling, entirely with producer No I.D. At the end of last week he dropped a new leak with Vince Staples, "Kingdom." Now he's followed it up with a release date, plus news of a new deal for the Chicago native.
Kanye West & Common Launch Initiative To Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth
Kanye West & Common Launch Initiative To Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth Apr 17, 2014 at 03:02pm
Youth gang violence in Chicago has seen a huge increase in recent years, and Chi-town natives Kanye West and Common are doing their part to put a stop to it. Both rappers already have their own foundations (Donda's House and Common Ground, respectively), and have decided to team up with the Chicago Urban League to create new job opportunities year round for Chicago teens. The AAHH! music festival will also contribute to the funding for the initiative, and will take place September 20-21 in Hyde Park. Common spoke of the efforts in a press conference yesterday:
No I.D. Is The New Executive Vice President Of Def Jam Recordings
No I.D. Is The New Executive Vice President Of Def Jam Recordings Apr 1, 2014 at 02:20pm
More positive news, folks. Veteran Chicago producer and A&R Dion Wilson, AKA No I.D., has been named the new executive vice president of Def Jam Recordings. Formerly the company's executive vice president of A&R, he'll also be maintaining this position alongside Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua. This comes shortly after Def Jam's departure from Island Def Jam Motown. The company is now being run by Steve Bartels autonomously.
It's Yo Birthday: Common's Top 21 Tracks
It's Yo Birthday: Common's Top 21 Tracks Mar 13, 2014 at 01:05pm
Today, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr, known to us as Common, turns 42 years old. He is one of the finest talents to come of out of the state of Chicago, having produced 29 singles and 9 studio albums across a career that spans the twenty-two years.
Samples Of The Week: January 30
Samples Of The Week: January 30 Jan 30, 2014 at 12:33pm
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey." 
Common Announces New Album With No I.D. "Nobody's Smiling"
Common Announces New Album With No I.D. "Nobody's Smiling" Jan 6, 2014 at 05:59pm
Common's been pretty absent from hip-hop in 2013, however with 2014 in full swing it looks like we may get new material from the G.O.O.D. rapper. The actor recently spoke to Revolt TV about his upcoming joint effort with No I.D. called Nobody's Smiling, which was originally going to be an EP but has turned into a proper full-length effort. As Com explains in the interview, the album's title is a reflection on Chicago's mounting violence, and call to action to incite change.