Earlier today, Common shared the news with Revolt TV that he is working on a new album called Nobody Smiling, his tenth, with the legendary No I.D. That dour title is meant to be a reflection on the turbulence that’s plagued his local Chicago, as well as the world beyond. He explains:
It happens in Chicago, but it’s going on around the world in many ways, in inner cities all over America. We were talking about the conditions of what was happening when I said Nobody Smiling, but it’s really a call to action.
Tonight he kicks off his charge with a song called “War,” a militant track that directly addresses all the killas and the hundred dolla billas, real hittas who ain’t got no feelings in his war-torn hometown.