After parting ways with Warner Bros. Records, Commons finds a new home at No I.D.’s Atrium/Def Jam Recordings.
With his new deal, the conscious rapper will release his tenth studio album “Nobody’s Smiling” on July 22. The first single off the album is “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples.
Executive produced by longtime Common’s collaborator No I.D., “Nobody’s Smiling” commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s 1994 album “Resurrection.”
“Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” says 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.”
The title of Common’s new album was inspired by his hometown of Chicago, where violence is at an all-time high. “I’m honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family,” says Common. “Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger.”