Common, as mentioned in articles past, has been working with famed producer No I.D. on his newest project. It’s now being announced that not only do we have a release date for “Nobody’s Smiling”, which is now said to be released July 22, we also have a new label affiliation.
In the midst of the recording, it has been announced that Common has indeed signed onto join the Def Jam family. Here’s the scoop from PR Newswire:
NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 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. “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples out now, Common’s lead track from his upcoming tenth studio album NOBODY’S SMILING, set for July 22nd release.
NOBODY’S SMILING marks a creative reunion between Common and his long-time friend and collaborator No I.D., EVP / Co-Head of A&R, Def Jam Recordings, who came of age in the ’90s as producer of Common’s first three albums (on then-indie Relativity). The 2014 release of NOBODY’S SMILING, executive produced by No I.D., commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s breakthrough album Resurrection (1994), with his signature tracks, “Resurrection” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.” NOBODY’S SMILING is Common’s first new album since 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer.
“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D. “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family. It’s particularly significant that he’s coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It’s a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.”
We’ve shown you his newest release “Kingdom” before, but in celebration, we’ll throw on another new song from the album. This one is called “War”, and was released back in January of this year.