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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2014)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B00KWWFTPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Lonnie Lynn...42 year-old emcee from the Southside of Chicago...

I was impressed. Very impressed. So much so, I dare say this is on par with his second album, Resurrection. I have always been a fan, and I will say, I wasn't always happy with what he offered. Definitely missed me with Electric Circus and Universal Mind Control, which were, as far as I know, experimental. Yet, I digress...

Every track on this album, is, in my opinion, a bonafide head-nodder. NO I.D. is a very underrated but marvelous beatsmith with accolades that travel as far as his years in production. That being said, you should always expect an beautiful offering from him. On this album, he doesn't disappoint.

My stand out joints seem to be "Blak Majik" and "Kingdom". Despite Big Sean, I do love "Diamonds". Something about that track that makes me bob my head.

If you like Common, don't miss this one. His flow ain't as crisp as some other prolific emcees, but he delivers his gift in a way that makes you appreciate it for what it is.
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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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A unique MC in style , Common continues to deliver every time he drops new music . The collaboration of NO ID on production along with a team of talented MC's from Chicago , Jhene Aiko etc.makes this Nobody's Smiling a classic. I've given this cd as gift to many close friends that love to support creative artists .Very happy that Common's craft is still HOT !!!
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