Este vorba de cel de-al 10-lea album solo al lui Common și a fost lansat azi, 22 iulie 2014, prin Def Jam Recordings și label-ul lui No I.D.'s, ARTium Records. Toate piesele sunt produse de No I.D.
Nobody's Smiling is the tenth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Common. The album was released on July 22, 2014, by Def Jam Recordings and No I.D.'s label, ARTium Records. Following the release of his last album The Dreamer/The Believer (2011), Common took a hiatus from musical endeavors. In 2013, he returned to the studio and began work on his tenth album and later revealed that the production, much like his previous effort, would be handled entirely by his longtime collaborator and record producer No I.D.. In 2014, Common signed a recording contract with No I.D.'s ARTium Records, through Def Jam Recordings, for the distribution of the album.
The title and concept of the album was inspired by the violence and high crime rate in Common's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The album features guest appearances from Lil Herb, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples and Cocaine 80s. The album was supported by three singles, "Kingdom" (featuring Vince Staples), "Speak My Piece" and "Diamonds" (featuring Big Sean).
After a quiet 2012, Common announced he would release an extended play (EP) in January 2013, and his first mixtape in April. In February 2013, Common announced his tenth solo studio album would be released in September 2013 and will feature Kanye West, as well as production from West and No I.D.. Later, on September 8, 2013, he gave an update to his projects saying the previously announced EP would be released soon, and would feature a song with new Def Jam signee Vince Staples. He also told HipHopDX, his tenth solo studio album would now be released in early 2014.On January 6, 2014, Common announced the title of his tenth studio album to be Nobody Smiling and revealed it would be produced entirely by his longtime collaborator No I.D.. Common also revealed the album would feature Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy and "some new artists from Chicago." The concept of the album was inspired by his troubled hometown of Chicago: "We came up with this concept 'nobody's smiling.' It was really a thought that came about because of all the violence in Chicago," he says. "It happens in Chicago, but it's happening around the world in many ways." He continues, "We was talking about the conditions of what's happening, when I say 'nobody's smiling.' But it's really a call to action." On June 4, 2014, it was announced Common signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings and No I.D.'s ARTium Records. It was also announced that Nobody Smiling would be released July 22, 2014.On June 25, 2014, the concept behind the album was revealed along with two album covers, one which features Common scowling, while the other one features the faces of two up-and-coming Chicago-based rappers Lil Herb and King L. According to Common, he saw his album cover as “a way to give back” and bring attention to artists who may not be as well known outside of Chicago. He also added that those featured on his album cover art were grateful and curious as to why he chose to include them: “For me those covers, putting Lil Herb, putting Dreezy, putting Lil Bibby. Some people don’t know about them. I know about them and the Chi know about em. And it’s some people in the world that know about em. You see em on certain Hip Hop avenues, but everybody don’t know about em. And for me putting em on my album cover is a way to give back. Saying ‘Look, we are all one in the same.’ You know what I’m saying? ‘I see y’all I see me. So, that’s why I’m putting y’all on my cover.’ I don’t need to be on the cover. I ain’t even in my first video…I asked em. I called them. I was like ‘Man, I want y’all to be on the cover of the album.’ And they all came to this hotel room and we took the pictures…King Louie was grateful. Cats was grateful. They also was getting like—Trying to understand ‘Man, what Common on?’ Cause they didn’t know me that well.”
|1.||"The Neighborhood" (featuring Lil Herb & Cocaine 80s)||Lonnie Lynn, Herbert Wright, James Fauntleroy II, Ernest Wilson, Curtis Mayfield||3:58|
|2.||"No Fear"||Lynn, Wilson||3:12|
|3.||"Diamonds" (featuring Big Sean)||Lynn, Sean Anderson, Wilson||3:53|
|4.||"Blak Majik" (featuring Jhené Aiko)||Lynn, Jhené Chilombo, Wilson, James Poyser||3:19|
|5.||"Speak My Piece"||Lynn, Wilson, Randy Alpert, Deric Angelettie, Andy Armer, Sean Combs, Ron Lawrence, Christopher Wallace||3:51|
|6.||"Hustle Harder" (featuring Snoh Aalegra & Dreezy)||Lynn, Leon Marcus Michels, Snoh Nowrozi, Kirby Dockery, SeAndrea Sledge, Wilson, Alexander Izquierdo||3:58|
|7.||"Nobody’s Smiling" (featuring Malik Yusef)||Lynn, Wilson, Malik Yusef||4:16|
|8.||"Real" (featuring Elijah Blake)||Lynn, Elijah Blake, Wilson, Oliver Scott, Steve Wyreman, Ronald Wilson||3:22|
|9.||"Kingdom" (featuring Vince Staples)||Lynn, Vince Staples, Wilson, Poyser, Ernest Fowler||6:32|
|10.||"Rewind That"||Lynn, Wilson, T Keith, Poyser||5:21|
|Deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|11.||"Out On Bond" (featuring Vince Staples)||Lynn, Staples, Wilson, Adrian Younge, Wyreman||3:25|
|12.||"7 Deadly Sings"||Lynn, Wilson, Younge||3:08|
|13.||"Young Hearts Run Free" (featuring Cocaine 80s)||Lynn, Fauntleroy II, Wilson||4:33|
- "The Neighbourhood" Contains a sample from "The Other Side of Town" by Curtis Mayfield
- "Kingdom" Contains a sample from "O Yes My Lord" by Voices Of Conquest & "Is There Any Love" by Trevor Dandy
- "Speak My Piece" Contains a sample from "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G
- "Real" Contains a sample from a Gap Band recording written by Oliver Scott and Ronnie Wilson
- "Rewind That" Contains a sample from "Telegram" by Eleanore Mills