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Nobody's Smiling

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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With his multi-Grammy Award winning music career, continued work in film and television, and multiple written works, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men.

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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1. The Neighborhood feat. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80's
2. No Fear
3. Diamonds feat. Big Sean
4. Blak Majik feat. Jhené Aiko
5. Speak My Piece
6. Hustle Harder feat. Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy
7. Nobody's Smiling
8. Real feat. Elijah Blake
9. Kingdom feat. Vince Staples
10. Rewind That
11. Out On Bond feat. Vince Staples
12. 7 Deadly Sings
13. Young Hearts Run Free feat. Cocaine 80's

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Two-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No I.D.'s Artium/Def Jam Recordings. Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. His numerous previous accomplishments in film and music include starring on the silver screen in films such as Smokin Aces (2006), American Gangster (2007), Street Kings (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Date Night (2010), and more. Prior to acting, Common rose to prominence as one of hip hop's most poetic and respected lyricists having recorded over eight albums. Nobody's Smiling will be Common's tenth studio album. The concept-driven project will be Executive Produced by No I.D.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Holds Onto The Keys To His Kingdom July 22, 2014
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Chi-town rapper Common is someone who I've been distantly following since I absently listened to my father playing his Like Water For Chocolate coming back from the record store well over a decade ago. Basically? I knew the name,liked what I heard. But never really began to explore his music until several years ago when his The Dreamer, The Believer CD ended up being a last minute stocking stuffer (literally on Christmas Eve) of 2011. Now that CD,a beautifully cinematic musical journey was a strong favorite of mine that year-in any genre of music.Therefore when I heard that Common was putting out a new album this summer? I was eager to hear how he was going to present himself after going all out on his last release. A direct musical follow up to that album this surely is not. But Common is definitely creatively astute enough to know the best direction for his music to take.

"The Neighborhood" sets up the album with a starkly harrowing musical melange built around Curtis Mayfield's "On The Other Side Of Town"-very much showcasing one era of inspiration for Chicago's musical artistry blending into another. "No Fear","Diamonds" and "Blik Majik" and "Speak My Peace" all have a more stripped down,almost trip-hop musical backing with very dense storytelling with people like Big Sean JHENe Aiko vocalizing counterpoints with Common himself. "Speak My Piece" has a similar flavor to it,another case of hip-hop sampling itself as it showcases a theme from the late Biggie Smalls.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be honest...... He's 42 July 25, 2014
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Let's view this in context. He is 42 years old and delivering a very good rap album. He's also got some of the most popular young stars making appearances. It's a very strong offering. I don't know too many 40 year old rappers making relevant music. 4.5 stars in context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a lost remnant from Rap's glory days July 22, 2014
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Common's latest album "Nobody's Smiling" reminds me of the glory days of rap (the 90's) when you could close your eyes and get an incredibly vivid, and often gritty, dose of storytelling that spoke as much to the mind as it did the heart. The best of these thirteen tracks "The Neighborhood", "No Fear", "Kingdom" and "Rewind That" convey this feeling with such ease it just makes his decision to weigh down otherwise enjoyable tracks like "Diamonds" with amateurish guest spots from Big Sean all the more disappointing.
This being said the beats and production are well - fitting and in tune with the old school vibe previously mentioned. Stripped down beats like that in "Black Magik" (although hindered by a simplistic and repetitive hook) and the title track "Nobody's Smiling" just make Common's surprisingly aggressive, substance fueled and raw flow (which is carried through the entirety of the album) all the more powerful and hair-raising. Often the subject matter on tracks like "Hustle Harder" aren't exactly groundbreaking but Common's charisma and addictive rhyming makes it undeniably enjoyable.
"Real" is catchy and a laid back head nodding song and the last three tracks in this deluxe edition make the overall impression the album leaves you with all the more satisfying.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Wasn't Smiling Upon First Listen July 23, 2014
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Mr. Lynn's darts aren't as sharp as they once were. Maybe because he's not around emcees like De La, Black Thought and Mos Def to keep him on his A game. 32 months after his previous release, The Dreamer/The Believer, Common delivers Nobody's Smiling. The album opens on a strong note with the Curtis Mayfield sampled "The Neighborhood". To my surprise, the Lil Herb collab works but after that we get several dull tracks that didn't keep my interest. I'm almost certain that Big Sean has nudes of Dion (No ID) somewhere because this kid ruins every track he touches yet he still has a career. The album starts to pick up with the title track feat. a spoken word piece from Malik Yusef. From this point on the album is pretty damn good. We have the soulful "Rewind That" speaking on his relationship with Dion and Dilla feat. keys by James Poyser (The Roots) and bass by Derrick Hodge. There's the RZA sounding "7 Deadly Sins" and Vince Staples blesses us on two of the final 5 songs. He actually delivers the best verses on the album. All in all, if you can make it through the lukewarm beginning, the back half of the album is worth your dollars. Another solid offering from Common and No ID.

p.s. Definitely get the deluxe edition. The three bonus tracks are dope!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more satisfying than the his last 2. July 24, 2014
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Common get's back to telling street stories with a purpose. It's most reminiscent of his work on BE. His lyricism seems a step up from The Dreamer/The Believer and Universal Mind Control and doesn't seem to be chasing the charts as those albums did. Dropping lines like, "I was hurt and couldn't get no work/ you created my from dust that's why I did dirt" from Kingdom and " I seen a boss take it out on the staff/ seen a crip take it out on a blood causing a bath " off 7 Deadly Sins. "Rewind That" is a tribute to his producers and especially a nod to J Dilla. For fans of Common and hip-hop, I think you'll be pleased.
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Can't wait to hear this album......
In regards to hearing Common's latest artistic work of a music album ... me too! And I totally agree!
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