13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
566 Ratings
566 Ratings
Yra17 ,

Dope

This Dude knows how to make quality music. This is worth buying.

DustyCreep ,

On edge

As a huge fan of Common, owning most of his previous albums I have to say I am on edge about this album.

I feel like Common raps his strongest when he is doing chill beats and by himself (Be). This album looks to be loaded with people featured in his songs and I was very turned off by the new song Diamonds (feat. Big Sean), I think Common has a unique style in Hip-Hop that doesn't mesh very well with new school rappers. I am hopeful that the rest of his songs are better and more like Kingdom (feat. Vince Staples)

814Chris ,

Always on point

Common's raps go deeper than 90% of all other rappers out!

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