Aside from a few guest verses here and there, Common was relatively quiet in 2013. That will change in the new year, as the veteran Chicago rapper is planning to release his tenth studio album Nobody Smiling. Similar to his 2011 release The Dreamer/The Believer, the project will be entirely produced by close friend and collaborator No I.D. Common says Nobody Smiling initially started out as an EP, but he and No I.D. both latched onto a theme early on that they plan to tackle on the upcoming project. "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."
One guest that can be expected on Nobody Smiling is Vince Staples. This past September Common revealed he had been working with the emerging MC out of Long Beach, and stated they had a record together for the EP. Which is, of course, now an album. And we couldn't be more excited.