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Nobody's Smiling (Deluxe Version)

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With Common's hometown of Chicago reeling from rampant gun violence, his 10th studio album, Nobody's Smiling, is a meditation on that crisis. Produced by longtime collaborator No I.D., the album features big names like Big Sean and Jhene Aiko alongside Chicago fixtures such as Lil Herb and Dreezy. It takes its cues from both '90s boom-bap and the darker sound of Kanye West's Yeezus. Common weaves his own experiences and memories growing up in the Windy City into those of the tracks' narrators, creating an impressionistic tableau: "These streets is my religion," he raps on the standout "Kingdom," which has a gospel choir that evokes that of "Jesus Walks." The abrasive beats of "Blak Majik" and "Hustle Harder" are some of Common's hardest-hitting in years; they jibe perfectly with the heated, mournful tone of his lyrics.

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I thought one day it'll all make sense

What is happening to the art of rap?!
Common & Nas don't flow anymore these cats use to be married to the beat.
This is just talking over a beat. Where is the flow?

Keep it classy

This is immortal music, a classic. Meaning you can enjoy this music now and again in 10, 15 and 20 yrs from now. It's not the soulless music put out by most you hear on the radio! Thank you Common for your contribution to the preservation of Hip Hop!

speak my piece speak my piece

iAll i do is speak my piece speak my piece speak my piece take my lease this is nobody frowning.

Biography

Born: March 13, 1972 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Common (originally Common Sense) has been one of the most highly influential figures in rap music, keeping the sophisticated lyrical technique and flowing syncopations of jazz-rap alive in an era when the mainstream and hardcore have increasingly threatened to obliterate everything in its path. His outward-looking, nimbly performed rhymes and political consciousness haven't always fit the fashions of rap trends, but his albums have been praised by critics, and he achieved mainstream popularity with...
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Nobody's Smiling (Deluxe Version), Common
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: Jul 22, 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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